LASR.net Homepage




Menu

Freedom, Oklahoma

Old Cowhands Reunion


category : Festivals
Old Cowhands Reunion

This ongoing tradition began way back in the year 1939, when members of the Freedom Chamber of Commerce decided to sponsor a reunion and chuck wagon feed in honor of the old time cowhands of this vast area who braved the perils and hardships of the range in search of their fortune.


Previous to the day of the reunion, invitations were sent to all old cowhands whose names and addresses could be obtained. One hundred twenty five invitations were sent out that first year, and back came enthusiastic assurances that nothing would keep the old boys away.


Come they did, from Wichita to Arkansas, from Fort Supply to Woodward -- a splendid group of old time cattlemen meeting in a happy reunion.


The tradition continues to this day in light of a few changes over the course of time. The meal is still free to those who attend the gathering. The Chamber of Commerce now gears up to feed nearly a thousand beef and bean dinners on Saturday afternoon. A huge number of people donate not only beef for the meal, but also their time and effort to plan, prepare and serve for the occasion. It is a gala celebration, and it provides a great opportunity for young and old to reunite in celebration of our rich heritage. One of the most recent changes the Chamber has made to the reunion is to add a reminder of days gone by, and stage the event outdoors.


A focal point of the reunion today is a program to honor the year's specially selected "OLD COWHAND." One person is selected each year by the Chamber of Commerce, and is recognized for his or her pioneer spirit, dedication to the Freedom community, goodwill toward other, and for generally just setting a good old fashioned example for others to follow in our "cowboy" way of life.



Phone: 580-621-3276

Come visit us in Freedom, Oklahoma

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Old Cowhands Reunion

This ongoing tradition began way back in the year 1939, when members of the Freedom Chamber of Commerce decided to sponsor a reunion and chuck wagon feed in honor of the old time cowhands of this vast area who braved the perils and hardships of the range in search of their fortune.

Freedom, OK Festivals


Cimarron Cowboy Monument

This huge slab of Oklahoma granite known as the Cowboy's Memorial is the site of the annual Cimarron Cowboys Association meeting following the chuck wagon feed. It took seven years for the monument to move from thoughts to granite, but in April of 1950, the memorial was dedicated.

Freedom, OK Monuments

Old Jail and "Boot Hill"

Keeping with the theme of the "Old West," the Old Jail is still standing to accommodate those rowdy cowhands who might get a little out of hand during the Big Rodeo celebrations. Located just to the right of the jail is a partial of land reserved for the fellas who weren'

Freedom, OK

The Freedom Museum

The Freedom Museum is one of the most popular places of interest in this area. The museum houses one of the most extensive collections of late 1800s and early 1900

Freedom, OK Museums

Things to do Festivals near Freedom, OK

The Great Salt Plains Birding & Crystal Festival

The Great Salt Plains Birding & Crystal Festival will be April 22 & 23. Some of the fun activities will include a free movie...