Texas Tech University

National Ranching Heritage Center Hosts 46th Annual Ranch Day

Cara Vandergriff

April 4, 2016

Ranch Day

The free event will feature family-friendly activities focused on the history and day-to-day happenings of life on the ranch.

Ranch Day

Texas Tech University's National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) will host the 46th Annual Ranch Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 9) at 3121 4th St.

Ranch Day activities, suited both for the young and the young at heart, attract more than 4,000 visitors to the NRHC event each year. The family-friendly, hands-on experiences will include living history demonstrations, hands-on ranch science activities, horseback rides, demonstrations by the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, a stick horse rodeo, music, dancing and access to an authentic Comanche tepee.
Event guests may participate in historic activities such as visiting with living history Ranch Hosts to learn about life as a pioneer, leather-working, washing clothes on a washboard, churning butter, rope-making and paint cattle-branding. Science activities will include learning about wind energy, exploring animal science and investigating plants and soils.
Additionally, the Ranch Hand Experience program will allow visitors to receive work cards upon arrival and have their cards stamped as they complete each ranch-hand activity. After six activities, visitors can take their stamped work cards to the Matador Office to receive “cowboy pay” that can be spent at the Waggoner Commissary.
Admission to Ranch Day is free for all guests. More information is available at the event Facebook or by contacting Julie Hodges at (806) 742-0498 or julie.hodges@ttu.edu.

Ranch Day