By LIBBY CLUETT
Palo Pinto County's rich history and the “cowboy way” will come alive next weekend as local organizations take their various programs center stage. In addition to the Historic and Wildflower Tour on Saturday, Texas Frontier Trails will present its annual Ranch Heritage Day – plus, new this year, a street dance in Western Heritage Park featuring the Taylor Hickey Band.
The event will provide opportunities for area residents and visitors to better understand Palo Pinto County’s ranching heritage, history and food.
Gates open at 1 p.m. and activities include cowboy storytelling, musical entertainment and information on Palo Pinto County ranches, including the Crawford Brothers Ranch, Nelson Ranch, Belding Ranch, Double Gates Ranch and others.
Admission is $5 per person for the dance or $20 for the whole event – dance and chuck wagon meal. A real dutch-oven meal will be served by authentic chuck wagon cook Alan Smith.
Make plans for a day full of learning, traveling around the county, and then come back to Mineral Wells to enjoy the chuck wagon fare.
Western Heritage Park, formerly named Pollard Park, is located at 3099 N. Oak Ave., in Mineral Wells.