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10:33 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Cattlemen, Cowboys And Contemporary Dance

Oklahoma City is bustling with western and family fun this weekend.

The Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association (OCA) invites ranch hands to the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. The 62nd annual Convention and Trade Show opens Thursday, July 24 and runs through Saturday, July 26.

Credit Rubias Galegas / Flickr Creative Commons

The three-day conference centers around a two-story trade show where agricultural companies exhibit goods to make farm operations run a bit smoother.

With organizers anticipating more than 1,000 attendees, visitors can browse anything from livestock trailers to drought insurance.

Apart from the trade show, however, the event schedule includes public meetings to set OCA policy for the year ahead and guest lectures by nationally renowned agricultural execs and economists.

Although on-site registration is available, pre-registration is encouraged.

Fittingly, the OCA Convention and Trade Show wraps up on the National Day of the American Cowboy. What would the holiday be without a celebration by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum?

"Coming Through the Rye" outside of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
"Coming Through the Rye" outside of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Credit Dave Stone / Flickr Creative Commons

The Museum hosts a special event to honor the iconic cowboy on Saturday, July 26.

The affair kicks off with an introduction to contestants for the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant at 10 a.m. Reigning pageant titleholders sign autographs from 2 to 3 p.m.

Rodeo Opry of Oklahoma City provides musical entertainment complementing kids’ activities like roping lessons and a project to create stick horses.

The National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration wraps up at 3 p.m.

Oklahoma City also offers two performing arts opportunities for all you OneSix8ers looking for something a bit more metropolitan this weekend.

Perpetual Motion Dance (PMC) holds the 8th annual Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival.

Credit PerpetualMotionDance.org

The two-day show includes 24 audition-selected dancers performing works by Oklahoma-based choreographers. Additionally, PMC performs two concerts from their 2014 “KINETIC” production.

The Festival takes place at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 each evening. Tickets cost $8 apiece for children, $10 for seniors or students and $15 for adults. 

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park performs on the Water Stage at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park performs on the Water Stage at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Credit BberBurb / Flickr Creative Commons

And Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents a one-time family performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with pre-show crafts for kids on Friday, July 25.The Myriad Botanical Gardens hosts the event outdoors on the Meinders Terrace.

Organizers encourage families to arrive around 7 p.m. so that kids can make a special Midsummer’s flower or ivy-garland crown to get in the spirit of the summery tale. The abbreviated performance promptly follows from 8 to 9 p.m.

Register online here or by calling (405) 445-7080.

Also, members from the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City are seeking volunteers to help them lead a community service project at Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City to repair and spruce up children’s care rooms.

Credit YMCAokc.org

Volunteers expand a room, hang drywall, paint and plant a vegetable garden in order to encourage healthy living.

The ‘Togetherhood’ Service Project takes place Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's event listings page.

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