Dr Hedgethicket
Esquier III
Oklahoma Kid has been working along side Dr.
Hedgethicket and his Medicine Man Show for
decades entertaining audiences across the country
sending them rolling in the aisle with laughter.
Also be on the lookout for the Indian Territory
Gunfighters for exciting fun in western reenactment.
Tipton the Cowboy Comedian  is also a  fourth generation lasso spinning artist. This trick roping cowboy has
spinning performance after decades of training. He also has relative ties to the legendary Will Rogers by way of
his Grandmother McSpadden so its no wonder why trick roping and humor in his blood. If you interested how to
hire a lasso rope spinning cowboy and humorist  or need western theme party ideas contact Tipton Productions
on how to book a performance today. Performances booked nationwide and beyond year around.
By Laci Jones

Celebrating its 20th year, the Wild West Festival in Old Town McAlester is a family-friendly
festival that encompasses the country and western lifestyle in a two-day period.

“McAlester, Okla., is unique in the nation in that we have two downtown areas,” said Brenda
Baxter, chairman of the Wild West Festival. The old town is located on Business 69 on North
Main Street and Stonewall Street.

The old town, where the festival is held, was named after entrepreneur and politician, J.J.
McAlester. McAlester moved to Indian Territory, specifically the Choctaw Nation, when he
was 24.

McAlester later married a Chickasaw Indian woman, giving him citizenship in in both
Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. His rights helped McAlester to be a founder of the
Oklahoma coal industry, and he established the J.J. McAlester Mercantile Company. He also
later became Lt. Governor of Oklahoma.

When the railroads were built later, downtown McAlester moved a mile-and-a-half south.
The mercantile store was mentioned in the 1968 novel “True Grit” by Charles Portis. The
novel was turned into a film a year later and recreated in 2010.

Learn more in the September issue of OKFR!
Oklahoma Farm & Ranch Magazine
Wild West Festival McAlester Oklahoma
Sept.30th & Oct.1st
Educational Programs
Marty Tipton Biography
Oklahoma Land Rush
Cowboy Theme Party Ideas
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