Historic Watonga is the County Seat of Blaine County, and was an early fort and post office station named after the Arapahoe chief, Watangaa (Black Coyote). It was settled in the run of 1892, and has retained its beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture in the downtown area. Today with a population of 3500, agriculture and ranching are big business, along with gypsum mines and manufacturing.
Watonga is a popular spot for antique shopping, browsing through museums, fine dining, and few people leave town without stopping at the Watonga Cheese Factory, (the only one in Oklahoma).
The second Friday & Saturday in October thousands converge on Watonga for their annual Cheese Festival. Visitors enjoy crafts, arts, antiques, flea market, cheese tasting, food contest, parade, living history, quilt show, great rat race, mouse walk, good food and great entertainment.
Rich in cultural western history, individuals and tour groups enjoy spending time in Watonga.