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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • GSHM is ready for Frontier Day Saturday

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  • For the eighth year, the Greater Southwest Historical Museum lawn will take a trip back in time to Oklahoma's earliest roots and celebrate Frontier Day.
    From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the museum will bring in every wild west element available to transport people to a time when lawlessness and cowboy culture abounded in southern Oklahoma.
    Museum director Michael Anderson said it's one of the museum's most popular events, and draws a crowd when the weather cooperates.
    "All the fun and activities offered are one of the small ways in which we thank the families and children of our community for supporting the museum's programs throughout the year," Anderson said.
    Several hundred people usually attend the annual event. Last year, however, rain and cooler weather dampened the day's fun. Curator Nicki Wood said good weather should bring the crowd back.
    "It's a lot of fun for the kids and really for anyone, people of all ages," she said.
    Activities on the day include the Ardmore Middle School Horsemanship Team demonstration, the Southern Oklahoma Pony Express team, Medicine Man Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket, traditional "old west" games such as horseshoes and gunnysack races, food, bounce houses and crafts.
    The ever-popular Guthrie Gunfighters will also return with their wild west routine.
    "They're great," Wood said. "They grow their hair out and dress up in authentic western wear; the lawmen and the lawless men fight it out. It's always a popular part of the day."
    In keeping with the theme, Wood said they try and keep as much of the event authentic to the era as possible. With only a few exceptions, everything during Frontier Day is intended to create the ambiance of the old west.
    "We'll have fun and the community will have fun," Wood said.
    There will be ongoing activities for the entire event. Admission is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
    The Greater Southwest Historical Museum is located at 35 Sunset Drive.

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