The Woodward News

May 8, 2013

History focus of Cavalry Day

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — FORT SUPPLY--The Fort Supply Historic Site will be holding its annual living history event known as Cavalry Day this Saturday.

Cavalry Day activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic site, which is located one mile east of the town of Fort Supply.

Bob Rea, manager for the historic site, said Cavalry Day is a time where "the public can come out and see how a frontier army lived and trained."

"It's an opportunity to talk to professional interpreters and learn about everything from frontier food and army food to horsemanship skills and firearms skills," Rea said.

He said there will even be one interpreter portraying a laundress "so you can learn how to wash clothes out of bucket like they had to do."

Another interpreter "will talk about the cattle drives up the western trail through this part of the state," he said.

There will even be musical entertainment, Rea said, noting "we have a person who does music of the period and another person who does bugle calls."

But where the event earned it's name is from the cavalry demonstrations.

"We have a training course that the cavalry members right their horses through while shooting at targets and things like that," Rea said.

He said there will probably be one cavalry display in the morning around 11 a.m. and another in the afternoon around 1 p.m.  And in between, visitors can speak with the cavalry interpreters to learn more about what it would have been like for real cavalrymen during the frontier period.

Another popular demonstration during Cavalry Day is the firing of the cannon, which is a replica of a model 1840 mountain Howitzer.

"We'll fire the cannon at least once every 45 minutes to an hour," Rea said.

He said there is no strict schedule because "we kind of have to wait until we get a crowd to fire the cannon."

However, he said there should be plenty of activities for the public to enjoy and learn from at any time throughout the Cavalry Day event.

Rea said the purpose of Cavalry Day is "to further peoples education in history through living history, which means interpreters dressing up in period wear and sharing information."

"It is also to call attention to our historical site and museum, just have more public awareness," the site manager said.

Cavalry Day is free and open to the public.

However, the 1000 Hills Ranch Church will be offering a chuck wagon meal featuring chicken fried steak for a fee.

"It's to help them raise money for their activities," Rea said of the church's chuck wagon meal.

For more information about the Fort Supply Historic Site or the upcoming Cavalry Day event, call (580) 766-3767.