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Roping In The Fun For Western Night
Multiple roping areas were set up for kids and adults to put their roping skills to the test. The dummy roping was just one of the activities staged during the Western Night gathering June 23 at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. Photo By Sarah Lawson

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum was the host site for a festive Western Night, staged during the evening of Thursday, June 23. Organizers wanted to create a family friendly night to have fun even in the triple digit heat.

The museum was open for the community to explore all the history and unique artifacts from the past that highlight the importance of Oakdale’s western heritage.

Along with the museum being open for tours, there were also food and shaved ice trucks, live music, an ugly boot contest, booths from local establishments like Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance, corn hole, dummy roping, and a colorful mini-train providing rides for youngsters around the area.

Many of those attending the event said they were glad to have something to do, especially one featuring activities for all ages.

The Western Night celebration was offered mainly to bring the community together and celebrate Oakdale as a whole.

The Cowboy Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 355 E.F St., Oakdale. All future events or information about the museum can be found on the website

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Many of the youngsters attending the Western Night festivities hosted at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on June 23 got up to dance along to the music, provided by locals Barb Findlay and Greg Rivera. Photo By Sarah Lawson
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Set up outside the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, these boards were covered with rodeo history and news clippings, tracing the Western heritage of the community as part of the June 23 event hosted at the museum. Photo By Sarah Lawson