(PAWNEE, Okla.) — *The Oklahoma Historical Society announced today that Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show will be postponed until Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27. Preshow entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and the Wild West Show starts at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The show, originally scheduled for June 7–8, is being postponed due to the unprecedented rain and flooding across Oklahoma.
“It was a difficult decision to make, but the safety of our performers and spectators is our first priority,” said show director Mona Denney. “The Pawnee area has received almost 21 inches of rain and more is predicted almost every day through the first week of June. This much rain makes the arena slippery and dangerous for both our human and animal performers.”
According to Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum manager Ronny Brown, “Staff at the ranch will be contacting those who have purchased advance tickets for the June 7–8 performances to find out if they would like a refund or if they wish to keep their tickets for the new date.”
“We anticipate being able to reopen the Pawnee Bill mansion for the new show dates,” continued Brown. “The mansion has been closed to the public for extensive stabilization and restoration work. The rainfall has delayed the project completion so we were not going to be able to have the mansion open for the original dates of the show.”
Anyone holding tickets can contact the ranch for a refund or to let them know they plan to attend on the new date. The phone number at the ranch is 918-762-2513. Rain and construction has caused frequent outages of the phone service. If you are unable to reach the ranch by phone, you can contact them by email at [email protected].
“We want to thank our supporters and the many performers for their patience. The show will go on—just with a new date,” stated Brown.
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Tickets are now on sale for the 31st annual Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show on *July 26 and 27, 2019. Preshow entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and the Wild West Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Stagecoaches will roll amid thundering horse hooves while the lightning of gunfire explodes around Pawnee Bill and his cohorts as the talented performers thrill and amaze audiences at the 2019 Wild West Show. The show will feature reenactments of acts from the original Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Shows and new attractions to celebrate women of the Wild West shows.
Kevin Webb will portray Pawnee Bill for the 11th time. Webb, a long-time Wild West Show cast member and Pawnee Bill Ranch employee, is also a whip artist and chariot racer. Alyce Webb (Kevin’s wife) will portray May Lillie for the first time, performing her act on horseback. This year’s show will include more great women performers, such as Amanda Poole as LuLu Bell Parr, Tayla Burns as Princess Winona and Danae Ray as Annie Oakley. Trick riders Windy Ratchford Lattin and Cheridyn Bateman will demonstrate a complete mastery of their equine companions while performing some of the wildest stunts ever seen. Kalvin “Kowboy Kal” Cook will astound guests with his roping feats and skills. The Mike Pahsetopah family will perform as the Dancing Eagles, paying tribute to American Indian culture with their stunning Native dancing. The Cossacks will be back again this year to demonstrate their skills with reckless feats of horsemanship and military maneuvers.
The museum will be open to the public on both show days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food from local food trucks will be available for purchase on site. On Saturday, June 8, there will be historically accurate entertainment such as blacksmithing, gunfighters and sharpshooters, a medicine man show and musicians, all free and held continuously on the ranch grounds from 2 to 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.
To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 918-762-2513 or email [email protected]. No tickets can be purchased online. Advance tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 65 and older, $10 for children ages 4–10 and free for children ages 3 and under. Groups of 20 or more qualify for a group rate of $12 per person. For $22 you can purchase the full package, including a water bottle, a program and a ringside seat. On the day of the show, tickets are $15 for adults.
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.