Ranch Day

Ranch Day is the best day of the year at the National Ranching Heritage Center! Ranch Day will be held on April 2, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can expect to enjoy activities centered around ranching history, ranch skills and ranch science.

Free admission, $5 donation suggested.

Steak Express, kettle corn, lemonade and water will be available for purchase with cash or card throughout the day.

Events and Demonstrations:

  • Snake Oil Magic Show with Barry Moffitt in the 6666 Barn
    • 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
  • Horse demonstrations with the 6666 Cowboys in the Round Pen
    • 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
    • 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
    • 2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Ranch Skills activities will include:

  • Build a log cabin
  • Make a German Star
  • Paint branding cows with Tech Ag Law Association
  • Wash clothes on washboard
  • Stick horse rodeo with Lubbock County 4-H Club
  • Churning butter
  • BB gun shooting with Cabela’s
  • Button spinners
  • Horseback rides with Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Ride a rail car
  • History of toolsLeatherworking with Tandy Leather

Ranch Science activities will include:

  • Texas Tech Quail Tech Alliance on aging quail
  • Texas Tech E.L. Reed Herbarium on native plants
  • Texas Tech Wind Energy on anemometers
  • Texas Tech Meat Science on beef cuts
  • Texas Tech Entomology Club on insects
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will have their Operation Game Thief Trailer
  • South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will bring their birds of prey from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

In addition, there will be historical firearm demonstrations in the main gallery by Dr. Robert Tidwell, NRHC Curator of Historic Collections. Author S.J. Dahlstrom with Wilder Good Books Series will be on the patio with Happy Toy Maker, Jerry Sims. A Rafter 4T Chuckwagon will be set up and sheep and cattle will be on display to give visitors the full ranching experience.

Children will have the opportunity to become a “Ranch Hand” by completing six activities (two Ranch History, one Ranch Science, one Ranch Skill, and two other activities of choice). Once completed, they will take work cards to the Matador Office to get “paid” and can spend their hard-earned wages on prizes at the Waggoner Commissary.

Ranch Day 2022