May 7, 2018
30th Anniversary Performance of Pawnee Bill Wild West Show June 8–9, 2018
PAWNEE, Okla. — Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the re-creation of Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show at the Pawnee Bill Ranch by experiencing this piece of Oklahoma history. Shows will be held on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, with preshow entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. and Wild West Shows beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The 2018 show will feature reenactments of acts from the original Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Shows and new attractions to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the show. Producers and directors have combined stage and script with historical preservation to ensure that the Wild West Show is the most historically accurate production to date. Kevin Webb portrays Pawnee Bill for the 10th time. Webb, a long-time Wild West Show cast member and Pawnee Bill Ranch employee, is also a whip artist and chariot racer. Katrina Fenton will portray May Lillie, performing her shooting act on horseback. Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill also will make appearances at this year’s show.
Trick rider and long-time show performer Windy Ratchford Lattin will perform some of the wildest stunts ever seen. Performer Kalvin Cook, also known as “Kowboy Kal,” is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest wedding ring roping loop at 100 feet. The Mike Pahsetopah Family will dance as the Dancing Eagles, demonstrating tributes to American Indian culture with stunning Native dancing. The Cossacks are returning this year to display their unbelievable and reckless feats of horsemanship and military maneuvers. Producers invite past performers, show directors, and behind-the-scenes cast members to attend and join in celebrating the show’s 30th year.
The museum and mansion will be open to the public on show days from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. On Saturday, June 9, there will be historically accurate entertainment such as blacksmithing, gunfighters and sharp shooters, a medicine man show and musicians, all free and held continuously on the ranch grounds from 2–7 p.m. The cast will be available for a meet and greet with the audience on the museum grounds starting at 4 p.m. The Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association will serve a delicious barbecue meal in the big barn starting at 5 p.m.
Ticket prices in advance are $14 for adults, $10 for children ages 10 and under (ages 3 and under are free) and $12 for seniors over age 65. A group rate of $12 per ticket is available for groups of 20 or more people. On the day of the show ticket prices are $16 for adults, $12 for children ages 10 and under (ages 3 and under are free) and $14 for seniors. Special price packages are available for reserved seating and that information can be found at www.pawneebillwildwest.com or by calling 918-762-2513. Call 918-762-2513 to purchase tickets or for more information. Online tickets are not available for this show. The Pawnee Bill Ranch is located at 1141 Pawnee Bill Road, which is a half mile west of Pawnee on US Highway 64.
The Pawnee Bill Ranch is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.
Editor’s Note: Photographs to accompany the story can be acquired by contacting Ron Brown at 918-762-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.