Chisholm Trail Day Festival Saturday At Heritage Center Museum In Abilene

It’s time to saddle up and head to the 36th Annual Chisholm Trail Day Festival, Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Heritage Center Museum in Abilene.

Located at 412 South Campbell, the festival will feature live entertainment on the main stage with Classic Heart, Jeff Davidson and Dave ‘Zerf’ Zerfas, said Jeff Sheets, Heritage Center Museum director.

The History Stage is to feature Harold “Trail Song Willie” Williams, Randy Schumock and Thad Beach.

An Antique Farm Show will highlight Case tractors and farm equipment, with tractor games at 11 o’clock, and the Parade of Power begins at 1 o’clock.

Classic Heart
Classic Heart

An Antique and Classic Car Show is planned throughout the day. Registration for the free pedal tractor pull for children, four to 12, is at 9 o’clock, and the pull will begin at 10:30.


Demonstrations on blacksmithing, chair caning, bread baking, molasses boiling, pioneer cooking, lumber sawing, wheat weaving, quilting and spinning and weaving wool are planned in the Heritage Center.

The 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel powered by the original steam engine is to be in operation, and the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad will run from 10 to 3 on the hour.

Old Abilene Town will be open, and the Old Abilene Stagecoach is to be in operation. On Sunday, from 2 to 4, Bill Burrows will have a “Cowboy Jam Session” at the Alamo Saloon.

Children activities are to include a bounce house, children crafts by the Day Care Providers of Dickinson County, face painting, folk craft demonstrations and Kasey the Clown.

Food is to be provided by the Dickinson County Historical Society, Amanda’s Bakery, the Abilene Kiwanis and other vendors.

Information is available at 785-263-268, and on Facebook.