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Cow Thieves and Outlaws Reunion Held at Woolaroc
By Tourism Industry Partner
Cow Thieves and Outlaws Reunion takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1st at the Clyde Lake Pavilion, on the grounds of Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve in the Osage Hills west of Bartlesville. The annual fundraiser dedicates proceeds from the event to assist in special projects at the former country home of oil baron Frank Phillips, which is listed on the National Historic Register. “Last year we had over 750 guests, and we are gearing up for the best party ever!,” said Lori Roll, Chairperson. “Ticket prices are $65 per person, and that price includes gourmet western food and dancing to the music of our favorite country star Chuck Allen Floyd. It is a cash bar, so bring your wallets! Patrons will enjoy the festivities of a very special Oklahoma party that goes back 85 years.” The original party hosted by Frank Phillips in 1926 included friends, business associates, socialites, lawmen and local outlaws.
Bob Fraser, CEO of the Frank Phillips Foundation which operates Woolaroc, plans a special surprise at the party each year. “Cow Thieves and Outlaws Reunion is quite frankly the best party in the state,” he said. This year’s surprise is different than anything we’ve done before. I think our guests will be thoroughly delighted and entertained.” A committee of over one dozen volunteers works with the staff at Woolaroc to host the fundraiser, which last year drew local, national and international guests.
The evening begins with a private Patron’s party in the Phillips’ lodge home, where local pianist Narnie Roll will play the music of the Phillips’ era, and patrons will be served top shelf drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. “This private pre-party gives sponsors access to the private quarters of Frank and Jane Phillips, which are off-limits except by invitation and special parties,” said Fraser. Patron sponsor levels begin at $1,000 and more information is available at www.woolaroc.org.
The main event is located below the Lodge at the outdoor pavilion nestled next to Clyde Lake. Transportation is available from the parking lot to the pavilion. Guests will be entertained during dinner by The Park Family Bluegrass Band. Fraser said, “Guests will be able to shop all evening at the dozen artist booths to purchase one-of-a-kind items and gifts. Every purchase helps raise funds for the Foundation. Guests will enjoy gourmet western fare seated in lighted big white tents, and Patrons have reserved tables. After dinner, guests can dance or tap their boots to the music of recording star Chuck Allen Floyd. His music is great and our guests love him and he loves Woolaroc!”
Artist vendor booths are open all evening for patron shopping. Only a dozen local and regional artists are selected based on quality and variety of fine art and skilled crafts representing western and eclectic themes in painting, photography, carving, jewelry, sculpture and traditional crafts. Vendors donate part of their night’s proceeds and orders to Woolaroc.
Woolaroc enjoys the status of being Northeastern Oklahoma’s major tourist attraction. The ranch is home to a museum of world class western art and artifacts, the finest Colt firearms collection in the world, and a variety of wild elk, buffaloes and animals that roam freely on the 3,700 acre ranch.
“Grab your boots, gather a herd of your friends and head out to Woolaroc on Oct. 1st for a fun evening in the best tradition of a western hoe-down,” said Fraser. Guests are encouraged to dress in Old West and Native American attire, as was the custom in the original Reunions. The $65 per person ticket includes admission to the main event with meal, shopping, music and dancing. The main event will have a cash bar only. For more information about this year’s Cow Thieves and Outlaws Reunion, call (918) 336-0307, ext. 15 or go to www.woolaroc.org for more details. Tickets are available on-line.
Contact: Bob Fraser