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Osage Cattlemen’s Association to hold 80th-annual convention

Ranch tours, a rodeo and the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping highlight the annual convention of the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association, which will be held in Pawhuska this weekend for the 80th consecutive year.

A “Cattlemen Uncorked” art show will be open the OCCA activities Thursday evening. The art show is hosted by the Art and Preservation in the Osage organization and is to begin downtown at 6 p.m. Related exhibits are to continue from 1-5 p.m. Friday and between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Also planned for downtown is a Cowboy Trade Day, set for Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is being sponsored by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.

An Ag and Western Trade Show will start at 10 a.m. Friday and continue to 4 p.m. in the Women’s Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds, which serves as the focal point for most of the OCCA events.

Member registration for the OCCA Convention takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ag Building of the fairgrounds.

Beginning in the Ag Building at noon Friday will be the Cattlemen’s Hall of Fame Luncheon, which represents the start of the convention’s main events. A meeting of the Oil and Gas Committee is set for around 2 p.m. and will include updates to the OCCA membership.

The OCCA Ranch Rodeo starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the the Osage County Fairgrounds’ outdoor arena. (Also, author Dean Smith will be signing books during the convention’s Friday and Saturday events.)

On Saturday, an 8 a.m. breakfast will lead up to the 9 a.m. start of the Ranch Tour of Northern Osage County. The annual tour concludes at noon with a barbecue lunch at fairgrounds.

The 61st Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping gets underway in the outdoor arena at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with introduction of this year’s competitors. A total of 36 top steer ropers have been invited to this year’s event.

At 2 p.m., there will be junior steer roping contests. The Ben Johnson Roping competition is expected to get started at 3 p.m. After the roping there will be an open air western dance featuring the Nolan Pick Band.

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