2018 City of Lawton Birthday Celebrations

2018 City of Lawton Birthday Poster

2018 City of Lawton’s Birthday Celebrations

  • Thursday, Aug 2, City of Lawton Birthday Reception & Ceremony, 5:30pm, City Hall
  • Saturday, Aug 4, Lawton Rangers Rodeo Breakfast, 6:30am, L.O. Ranch House
  • Saturday, Aug 4, Pioneer Women’s Club of Lawton Memorial Service, 10am, Lawton Ritter-Gray Chapel
  • Saturday, Aug 4, Historic Mattie Beal Home Tour, 12Noon – 3pm, Free
  • Wednesday, Aug 8-11, 80th Annual Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo, 7:30pm, L.O. Ranch Arena
  • Saturday, Aug 11, Lawton Rangers Parade, 10am, downtown Lawton


(Lawton, OK) Events honoring the past, present, and future of the City of Lawton and its citizens will be held starting Thursday, August 2 through Saturday, August 11. These events are sponsored by the City of Lawton, Lawton Rangers, Pioneer Women’s Club of Lawton and Lawton Heritage Association.

Mayor Fred Fitch is pleased to invite the public to Lawton’s Birthday Reception and Ceremony to be held in the Banquet Hall at City Hall (212 SW 9th St.) on Thursday, August 2 at 5:30pm. During the ceremony there will be three important recognitions; the Lawton Award in Excellence recognizing the contributions of the late Raymond McAlister. This special award is presented by the Mayor to an individual who exemplifies outstanding excellence in service to the community. The Lawton Rangers and the Pioneer Women’s Club will also be recognized for 80 years of service to our community. 

Festivities continue on Saturday, August 4 with the annual Lawton Rangers Breakfast starting at 6:30am in the L.O. Ranch House located at 2004 SE 60th St.  For $5.00 you can get a hearty all you can eat meal and a morning of community fun!   Veterans will be served free of charge.

Then at 10am on August 4, the Pioneer Women’s Club of Lawton will host the annual Pioneer Woman’s Memorial at the Ritter-Gray Funeral Chapel located at 632 SW C Avenue to honor the families of the deceased Pioneer Women and the Lawton Rangers.

The birthday festivities continue into Saturday afternoon with free tours of the historic Mattie Beal Home’s 14-room mansion from 12noon – 3pm.  The Mattie Beal Home, located at 1008 SW 5th Street, is owned and maintained by the Lawton Heritage Association and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mattie Beal was a 22-year old telephone operator in Wichita, Kansas, who decided to register for the land lottery in the Lawton area in 1901.  Mattie Beal’s name was the second one drawn and her life changed. Now “land rich” she received hundreds of marriage proposals but married Lawton businessman, Charles Payne. Together they built a mansion in 1907-1909 that became the social center and architectural highlight of the young city of Lawton. For more information, call 580-678-3156.

The Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo kicks off on Wednesday, August 8 nightly through Saturday, August 11 at the L.O. Ranch Arena located at 2004 SE 60th Street.  This year’s rodeo is dedicated to the late Raymond McAlister. The rodeo is one of the top 50 rodeos in the U.S. Over 400 of the most skilled cowboys and cowgirls in the country will compete in tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. Grab your cowboy hat and boots and head out to the Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo each night to watch edge-of-your-seat rodeo action, as well as live entertainment.

Ticket information:  Advance tickets are $12.00 (for all nights).  Advanced tickets can be purchased online at www.lawtonrangers.com or from any of the queen contestants. Tickets may also be purchased at EZ Go, Crutcher’s Western Wear, Ruben’s Shoes, and Atwood’s Ranch & Home.  Advanced tickets at Ft. Sill Adventure Travel are $10 with Military DOD ID.

Wednesday is $5.00 per car for as many people who can safely ride in your car/truck, Thursday and Friday nights get your tickets for $15.00 at the gate and Saturday night gate price is $20.00.  Children’s tickets can be purchased at the gate for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Children 6 – 12 years are $7.00 and children 5 years and under are free.

The Rodeo Dance lineup for Friday, August 10, is the Allen Biffle Band and Saturday, August 11, is the Waylon Holley Band.  Dance tickets must be purchased at the dance ticket booth. 


Lawton Rangers Rodeo Parade!

Saturday, August 11, 10am downtown Lawton

The public is invited to join the Lawton Rangers as they bring their Lawton Rangers Rodeo Parade to downtown Lawton. The Parade will start at 10am on Saturday, August 11, the last day of the Lawton Ranger’s rodeo. Line-up will begin at 8am in the northwest corner of Central Mall. .

All individuals, businesses, civic groups, school groups, military units, riding clubs, and political candidates are welcome to enter and entries are free, for more information, contact Tom Phillips: 580-678-9579 or email:@email.  A $500 Grand Award will be given to the entry that best represents the parade theme.  Three other awards of $150 will be given.

Parade activities include contests for best dressed Cowboy, Cowgirl, and Rodeo Clown for kids under six beginning at 9:30am at the reviewing stand in front of City National Bank.

The parade will travel west down C Ave. passed City Hall to 9th Street, then South to D Ave. The parade will turn east on D Avenue, pass the reviewing stand between 5th and 6th Streets, and return to the Mall parking lot.

Parade entry forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Lawton Rangers website at lawtonrangers.com or on Facebook at Lawton Rangers. Also, by contacting Tom Phillips at 580-678-9579 or email @email.



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