Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary

1867 - 2017

Kansas Cattle Town Celebrations

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2017 Event Schedule - Abilene

Joseph McCoy's idea was a new one:

Bring the cattlemen and the buyers together out on the plains. Abilene soon became the center for the Texas cattle market and one of the West's most notorious "wild & woolly" towns. There was no end to the celebration as Cowboys took over the town, shooting and yelling with wild abandon.

It was a Cowboy's holiday until Marshal Tom Smith tamed the town with his bare fists! Wild Bill Hickok walked these streets and the quickness of his gun is still talked about today. At the Dickinson County Heritage Center, his gun is still on display.

In Abilene, you'll face the past that was the wellspring of the American cattle industry and the cowboys of legend and reality. A visit to Abilene is truly a celebration of History, Heroes and Hospitality!


August 2 - 5, 2017

Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, named one of the top 5 professional outdoor rodeos in America for 1995, 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2011; and the Top Large Outdoor Rodeo in the Prairie Circuit for 2003, brings you America's original extreme sport. The 2012 rodeo had a total number of 427 entries with a payout of $72,529.00. The 2013 rodeo had a total number of 468 entries with a payout of $78,109.00.
Nearly 500 cowboys and cowgirls, world champions and the "young gun" contenders alike, make their way to Abilene each year to compete for prize money and the hopes of adding points to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo.

Dickinson County Fairgrounds
619 N Rogers St
Abilene, Kansas 67410


August 3 - 5, 2017

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo

Cowboy and Cowgirl Poets will "ride" against each other on-stage performing their best cowboy poetry which will be judged by a panel of five (5) judges, throwing out the high and low scores for a total score in each category. There will be two go-rounds with an average as in rodeo and their average scores will determine the Champions. The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is an event, fashioned after a stock rodeo, designed to pit the skills of one cowboy poet against the others, all having paid an entry fee to compete for prize money, trophy buckles and awards, with an ultimate goal to help further develop the talents for both stage presence and writing styles, all at the same time to provide an entertainment value to the audience.

Shockey and Landes Building
324 N. Broadway
Abilene, Kansas 67410


August 24 - October 17, 2017

The Chisholm Trail:
Driving the American West

The Chisholm Trail fundamentally changed the American West. From the birth of the cowboy as icon to the revival of the cattle industry, the Old Chisholm Trail helped shape our popular culture by altering how we thought of the American West and the individuals who lived there.
This traveling exhibit, a collaboration between Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hills Design with major sponsorship from Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today.

Eisenhower Presidential Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, Kansas 67410




September 1 - 3, 2017

Trails, Rails and Tales: Spirit of the Chisholm Trail

Trails, Rails and Tales is the kick-off event for a two-year celebration that brings the longhorn herd back to Abilene, Kansas. TRT is a three-day event to pay homage to the legends that followed the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas. Historical re-enactors, tin-type photographers, fast draw competitions, buckaroo camps, Texas Hold 'Em tournaments, longhorn parades, Native American demonstrations, Kansas Western Music, Red Steagall, melodramas, mounted shooters and a fireworks display along with dozens of vendors, food and beverage. Join us as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the first longhorn drive along the Chisholm Trail to Abilene.

Old Abilene Town
100 SE Fifth
Abilene, Kansas 67410




October 7, 2017

Chisholm Trail Days

Dickinson County Heritage Center
412 South Campbell
Abilene, Kansas 67410




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