Have you ever milked a cow or made your own butter? Can you rope a steer or spin wool? Chances are most Oklahomans don’t have a clue how to perform these skills that were part of daily life on the farm a century ago. This Saturday, Sept. 8, you’ll have a chance to try out all of the fun of farming without getting stuck doing chores.
Septemberfest is the annual celebration that invites everyone in the state to come to the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, 820 NE 23rd St. in Oklahoma City, for a day of fun and discovery. The free family event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts and crafts, health and safety and cultural performances await visitors to booths and stages on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day on the stage in front of the mansion, and you just might get to meet Governor Fallin.
By far the largest area is the Agricultural Venue. Two dozen vendors will make farming fun with a petting zoo, a hay maze and a giant combine. Take a ride around the grounds on a trained ox or climb into an open carriage pulled by horses. For faster transportation, find a seat in the tractor-pulled barrel train operated by Orr Family Farm. See the action in a demonstration beehive, make watermelon salsa, rope a dummy steer, and plant a garden or a tree.
When it’s time to eat, check out the chuckwagon with real Dutch oven cooking, grab a hotdog at the Beef Council tent, leg of lamb samples from the Sheep and Wool Commission, delicious cinnamon rolls baked by the Wheat Commission and a peanut snack from the Peanut Commission. Get your calcium with milk from Southwest Dairy before joining in the stick horse races, sitting on the driver’s seat of a vintage tractor and making your own souvenir rope.