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National Ranching Heritage Center


Annual Events


Candlelight at the Ranch – December 8-9


Visitors to the National Ranching Heritage Center will step into a "living Christmas card" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8-9 when the 39th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch recreates a frontier holiday similar to those on the open prairie from 1780 to 1950. The event will include more than 4,000 luminaries lining the paths of the historic park as volunteer Ranch Hosts dress in period clothing to recreate holiday scenes from another era. The event is free to the public with a minimum suggested $5 donation per family.

Candlelight VIP Tickets will be available for $50 per carload.  These tickets will allow early entry (from 6pm to 6:30) to the event and front row parking. To purchase tickets, visit ranchingheritage.org/candlelight 

Guests enter through the front doors and proceed to Campbell Patio, where they can buy kettle corn, hear Christmas carols provided by the Lubbock High School choir, and access the park trails of their choice. Santa Claus greets visitors in the Pitchfork Pavilion, and Brazos West provides cowboy Christmas music with a Texas swing in the 6666 Barn. All lighted pathways are stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Junior Rough Riders Winter Corral - Dec. 2


The Winter Corral will be held Saturday, December 2 from 1 to 3pm at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Santa will kick things off by reading a story, then children will have the chance to decorate Christmas cookies and make ornaments. Participation is free to children of RHA members but costs only $5 for children of non-members. To RSVP, contact shelby.schwartz@ttu.edu or 834-1225.

Western Art Contest Award Ceremony- January 13, 2018

Western Art Contest

Lubbock County youth from 11 to 19 years old submit Western art entries for the annual Western Art Contest sponsored each January by the National Ranching Heritage Center and the Lubbock County Junior Livestock Show. Winning entries are announced at an awards ceremony at the NRHC and receive cash prizes and ribbons in addition to a one-week display in the NRHC museum. Learn more at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/nrhc/Learn/westernartcontest.php

Ranch Day - April 28, 2018

Ranch Day

Both the young and young at heart enjoy our Ranch Day activities each spring when cowboys, horses, chuck wagons and 185 volunteers, many dressed in period clothing, make pioneer life come alive for visitors. More than 5,000 guests attend the popular event every year to participate in hands-on ranch or range science and history demonstrations as well as music, dancing, a Comanche tepee, horseback riding, and an old-fashioned "Snake Oil Magic Show" in the 6666 Barn. The event is open to the public at no charge, but a $5 donation is suggested. The historic park is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Summer Stampede Western Art and Gear Show – June 2, 2018

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Western art and gear collectors will have an opportunity not only to purchase new art pieces but also to meet outstanding artists and craftsmen exhibiting their work for sale at Summer Stampede Western Art and Gear Show. 
Sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, this annual event will feature more than 100 art pieces available for purchase in the museum galleries while Summer Stampede guests dine and dance to Western swing music. For more information, contact Vicki-Quinn Williams at 742-0498.

Summer Youth Classes – June 2018

Summer Youth Classes

The NRHC will provide a variety of week-long summer youth classes for children who have completed the first through fifth grades. Children will participate in hands-on classes that will stimulate their imagination as they experience pioneer life as it was centuries ago, express themselves through ranch art, make a Western movie from their own script, and learn the basics of leather working. To be added to the contact list for next year, contact julie.hodges@ttu.edu or 742-0498.


Golden Spur Award Ceremony and Dinner - October 13, 2018

Golden Spur Award

The National Golden Spur Award is the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industries in recognition of accomplishments by an individual. Six ranching and livestock organizations sponsor the award: American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen's Foundation, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and Texas Farm Bureau. Dr. Glenn Blodgett, resident veterinarian and manager of the Four Sixes Ranch horse division, was named the 2017 National Golden Spur Award winner.























































































































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