The following is a news release from the National Ranching Heritage Center:
More than 5,000 visitors are expected for a day of fun at the ranch during the 48th Annual Ranch Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) on the Texas Tech University campus.
With funding provided by The South Plains Foundation, the annual event is a crowd-pleaser for both the young and young at heart as chuck wagons, horses, cowboys, sheep and cattle will greet visitors to the 19-acre NRHC historic park.
Supported by Texas Tech University and the Ranching Heritage Association, the NRHC is located at 3121 Fourth St. and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Admission is free to Ranch Day with a suggested donation of $5 per family.
Ranch Day visitors can see old-time “Snake Oil” magic shows by magician Barry Moffitt at 10:30 a.m. and noon in the Four Sixes Barn followed by a team of NRHC Ranch Hosts square dancing at 1 and 3 p.m. Singer Tim McKenzie will take the barn stage at 2 p.m. to perform traditional American cowboy music.
“Hands-on activities and demonstrations will focus on ranch skills and the history and science of ranching,” according to Julie Hodges, Helen DeVitt Jones Director of Education. “Children will have an opportunity to churn butter, ride a horse, and make quilt squares but they also will learn about wind energy, beef science, entomology, anthropology, forensic science, archery, ranch wildlife and more.”
Hodges said children can even become ranch hands and receive work cards to earn wages for a hard day’s work. Ranch hands who complete six “work” activities can go to the 1880 Matador Office to spend their wages (reproduction of 1869 currency) on special items at the 1870s Waggoner Ranch Commissary.
Popular author Nathan Dahlstrom of Lubbock will be available to sell and sign his newly published Black Rock Brothers, the fifth book in his Wilder Good children series. In addition, cash sale of hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle korn and lemonade will be available for those who want to eat while they visit.
“One of the most impressive things about Ranch Day is the large number of organizations and individuals that help make this happen,” Hodges said, explaining that more than 185 community volunteers will assist with the event.
Ranch Hosts dressed in pioneer clothing will greet visitors and provide historical information about many of the nearly 50 ranching structures that have been relocated, restored and refurbished at the NRHC.
The Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Team will help children with horseback rides while the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team will provide demonstrations in the round pen. The Texas Tech Rodeo Team will run a stick horse rodeo that will include roping and a bucking chute.
Ranch Day also will emphasize contemporary ranching issues through hands-on ranch science demonstrations by the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Quail Tech Alliance, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other ranch-related organizations.
For more information, visit nrhc.ttu.edu or call 806.742.0498.
(News release from the National Ranching Heritage Center)