Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show
Saturday, June 10, 2023
The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will celebrate the lives of Major Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill” Lillie, his wife May Lillie, and their famous Wild West Shows with a one-day celebration on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the original historic ranch site. Stagecoaches will roll amid thundering horse hooves while the lightning of gunfire explodes around Pawnee Bill, May, and their cohorts as the talented performers thrill and amaze audiences. This one-day celebration will feature exhibitions of acts from the original Pawnee Bill’s Historic Wild West Show.
Kevin Webb will portray Pawnee Bill for the 15th time. Webb, a long-time Wild West Show cast member and Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum employee, is also a whip artist and chariot racer. Alyce Webb will portray May Lillie for the fifth time, performing her act on horseback.
The Mike Pahsetopah family will perform as the Dancing Eagles, paying tribute to Indigenous culture with their stunning Native dancing.
The Flying Arena Stars, a sister trick-riding group from Weatherford, will entertain the crowd. They are following in the footsteps of their deeply rooted family traditions. and perform on a roan Quarter Horse, a Quarter Pony, and a Shetland pony.
The Charro El Roble from Oklahoma City will perform an equestrian sport called escaramuza. Escaramuza charra is the only female event in Charrería. It played an important role in Pawnee Bill’s original show. The women ride side saddle and wear traditional Mexican outfits, including sombreros, dresses and matching accessories.
Windy Ratchford Lattin is a third-generation rodeo cowgirl. Lattin is known for her high-speed trick and fancy riding and Roman riding. Her horse, Panther, is a natural at dancing and loves the crowds. The pair has spent hours in the practice pen learning each trick and new maneuver.
Roper Kiesner, a fancy roper, whip artist and gunslinger, is a fifth-generation horseman. He was riding before he could walk and competing by the time he turned three. Kiesner grew up on the road, competing at rodeos and performing at Wild West Shows with his family. Since then, Roper has competed as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association cowboy in team roping and saddle bronc riding.
It wouldn’t be a complete day without the songs of Cowboy Jim Garling. Cowboy Jim has been a pre-show staple on Blue Hawk Peak for many years with his cowboy songs and Western swing. Come early in the day to see him perform around the grounds. Cowboy Jim is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
The museum and historic home will be open to the public during the festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food from local food trucks will be available on-site. There will be historically accurate entertainment such as blacksmithing, chuckwagon cooking, gunfighters and sharpshooters, a magician, medicine man shows, and musicians held continuously on the ranch grounds from 2 to 6 p.m. The Pawnee Bill Original Wild West Show stagecoach will be available for photos at the arena from 4 to 6:30 p.m., along with Wild West demonstrations and games. Pre-show festivities begin inside the area at 7 p.m. with the big show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Admission costs are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors over the age of 62; $5 for children ages 6–12; and free admission for children five and younger. Tickets are not sold in advance or online. Tickets must be purchased at the Ranch entrance gate on the day of the event. Please join us in celebrating Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show and experience some of the best of historic western entertainment. For more information, please call 918-762-2513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is sponsored in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.
This event is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Roper Kiesner, trick roper
Schedule and Activities
*Events and times are subject to change without notice
On the Hill
11 a.m. – Ranch and museum open
2 p.m. – Magician (next to the blacksmith shop)
2:20 p.m. – Medicine Show (next to the blacksmith shop)
2:40 p.m. – Gunfights at the cabin
3 p.m. – Magician (next to the blacksmith shop)
3:20 p.m. – Medicine Show (next to the blacksmith shop)
3:40 p.m. – Native dancing and storytelling (on the museum lawn)
4 p.m. – Gunfights at the cabin
4:20 p.m. – Magician (next to blacksmith shop)
4:40 p.m. – Medicine Show (next to the blacksmith shop)
5 p.m. – Gunfights at the cabin
5:20 p.m. – Magician (next to the blacksmith shop)
5:40 p.m. – Medicine Show (next to the blacksmith shop)
Wild West Show Area
4 to 6:30 p.m. – Enjoy Wild West demonstrations and games!
- 4-H Club Horse Play Day
- Saddling and harnessing
- Horse races
- Sidesaddle demonstrations
- Meet and greet Pawnee Bill and May Lillie
- Cowboy camp and stories
- Stagecoach photos
- Boot throwing
Other demonstrations include beekeeping, blacksmithing, leather making, musicians, Native beading, and quilting. There will also be chuck wagon cooking, yard games, and food and craft vendors on site.
Kevin Webb as Pawnee Bill
Windy Ratchford Lattin and Panther
Shyla Navarre (pictured) will perform with her sisters Layna and Clara