Tickets for the Tillman County Historical Society’s Abernathy Day barbeque dinner are now on sale.
The dinner will be held on Saturday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Townsite Museum and will cap a full day of special activities that will include an antique car show, a program on restoration of vintage automobiles, and showing of the Abernathy docu-drama and early transportation movies at the Ramona Theatre.
The 6:00 p.m. Abernathy dinner at the museum will feature barbeque pulled pork. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
Proceeds from the dinner will be used for operation and maintenance of the Pioneer Townsite Museum. Diners should bring their lawn chairs.
The number of dinner tickets is limited. They may be available at the event, but should be purchased in advance to ensure availability.
The dinner tickets should be purchased in advance with a credit card by calling the Frederick Chamber of Commerce, 580-335-2126.
Dinner tickets will also be on sale through Thursday, May 30, at the following Frederick locations: The Pioneer Townsite Museum, BancFirst, First National Bank, KC’s, Tillco Supply, Frederick ACE Hardware, and the Frederick Chamber of Commerce. Tickets can also be purchased from any member of the historical society’s board of directors.
An evening of great entertainment will follow the dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Exploits of the remarkable Abernathy boys will be remembered. Jaye McLaughlin and Fred Jennings of Fort Worth, members of The Tipi Tellers storytelling group, will perform as part of the program. The two regularly dress as wolf hunter Jack “Catch ‘em Alive” Abernathy and his wife, Jessie Pearl Abernathy, to tell the story of the Abernathys at schools and events throughout the southwest.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Southwest Oklahoma Country Singers featuring Walt Hoehne on guitar, Gary Kellison rhythm guitar, Laverne Anderson vocal, Bill Jones guitar, Freddie Burnett, and Harry Ray on harmonica. The group performs a wide selection of country or western music and has appeared at venues throughout southwest Oklahoma.
The evening will be the first of the summer’s concerts in the park. Admission to the event will be free. Participation in the dinner will, however, require a ticket.
The schedule for the entire day is:
9:00 a.m. - Registration table for vintage auto and motorcycle exhibitors opens
10:00 a.m. - Food Vendors may begin set-up west of Courthouse10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Show of Antique Cars and Motorcycles, Tillman County Courthouse Square
10:00 a.m. - Pioneer Townsite Museum Opens. Admission is Free.
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - The Crawford Collection of trophy mount animals will be open. Admission is Free.
11:00 a.m. - Abernathy docudrama and other films begin daylong continuous showing at the Ramona Theatre, 214 South 9th. Admission is Free. Childen must be accompanied by an adult.
2:00 p.m. - “Project Restoration”. Ted Davis of Oklahoma City will speak regarding his restoration of the Frederick museum’s 1910 Brush and his other restoration projects. Ramona Theatre, 214 South 9th
4:00 p.m. - Exhibit of antique vehicles at the Tillman County Courthouse Square ends. Vehicle owners may move their vehicles to the Pioneer Townsite Museum grounds if they wish.
4:00 p.m. - Excursion to the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team headquarters for owners of vintage automobiles.
6:00 p.m. - Abernathy Day Dinner at the Pioneer Townsite Museum. Dinner will be BBQ pulled pork, beans, chips, bread and dessert.
6:30 p.m. - Entertainment and special Abernathy performances. Admission is free (the dinner does require a ticket). Bring lawnchairs!
Owners of vintage autos and motorcycles will be recognized.
Adventures of the Abernathys will be remembered.
The Southwest Oklahoma Country Singers will perform.