Beer & Cowboys Coming to Downtown McKinney

Don’t forget that Oktoberfest, despite its name, is held in September and is almost upon us.  The annual beer garden event will be held the weekend of September 28th & 29th and is free to the public.  This is a city-sponsored event and the sound stage will be out for live entertainment and there’ll be lots of activities for the kids in addition to the shopping and tasting events for the adults.  For more information, see the official Oktoberfest page on the City’s website.

In related activities, The Pub will begin a two-week Oktoberfest celebration this coming Wednesday, September 19th, at 7:00 when they will be tapping a 200-year-old keg of Franconia‘s Oktoberfest beer. (The keg’s 200 years old.  Not the beer.)  The following two weeks, they’ll be celebrating with daily specials of traditional German foods.

A new and very exciting event offered this year by Chestnut Square on September 21st & 22nd is the  Spirit of the Cowboy.  Among a legion of fun activities, the exciting thing about The Spirit of the Cowboy is all of the celebrities that will be on hand for the Saturday Night dinner.  Of course, you may have to be a little long in the tooth to recognize them but, if you are and do, you’re bound to be excited:

Many of the actors that will be present have long filmographies and have well-known faces, if not necessarily well-known names.  I’ve added links to their IMDB filmographies for your convenience.  Tickets for dinner with the stars are $35 in advance and $40 on Saturday, if there are any left.  Tickets can be purchased on-line at

Among the activities of Spirit of the Cowboy are: rides in an 1800’s stage coach, performances by Friends of Skidboot, pony rides, mock gunfights by the North Texas Gunfighters, stick horse rodeo competition, sing-a-long (Friday night), blacksmithing demonstrations, dutch oven cooking demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking, and movies starring your favorite cowboys.

If you are a fan of the old westerns, I have one more thing to share with you.  I’ve recently  discovered several phone apps for listening to old-time radio shows on your phone and one, Old Time Radio Westerns, is one of my favorites.  Was Raymond Burr in absolutely everything?  No, really. If you want to listen to them on your computer, find the word “podcast:” at the bottom of the episode page and click “download”.   The episode will download and begin to play in your Media Player. It’s free to listen to the podcasts but it’s a labor of love for the podcaster who appreciates support through the PayPal links on the right. If you want to listen to one but don’t know where to start, I especially recommend Fort Laramie and I especially liked the episode “Trooper’s Widow“.  Hope you enjoy it!

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

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