Oklahomans will converge on Pawnee to watch one of the state’s most traditional shows as it starts its 24th year.

The Pawnee Bill Wild West Show returns Saturday at the Pawnee Bill Ranch. The show will run the last three Saturdays in June.

Historical collections specialist Erin Brown said the Wild West show remains mostly unchanged from year’s past, but this year there are new additions.

“This year, we’ve decided to title the theme of the show series, ‘The Best of Pawnee Bill,’” Brown said.

Normally, the cast of 75 re-enact the 1907 show, but this year they are pulling acts from the show’s 1888 to 1913 lifespan, Brown said. Many of the acts haven’t been done in the past 10 years or ever.

The show will also feature military themed acts. The 45th Infantry Division will be honored during the 6:30 p.m. Saturday pre-show.

In an interview last month, Wild West show co-producer Mona Denney said the show would pay tribute to those serving.

“We are going to play some patriotic songs and the lieutenant governor is going to speak and then we are going to honor the fallen soldiers’ families,” Denney said.

Military acts will continue in the next two Saturday shows. The pre-show those weekends will consist of a sideshow.


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