The City of Lawton will be celebrating its birthday beginning Saturday, August 4th.  Events honoring the past, present and future of the city will be held throughout the week.

The celebration will begin on Saturday, August 4th with the annual Lawton Rangers breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the L.O. Ranch House located 2004 SE 60th Street.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  At 10 a.m. 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 all pioneers.

The Mayor of Lawton, Fred Fitch, is pleased to invite the public to the first Lawton birthday reception and ceremony to be held in the newly restored historic city hall auditorium.  The event will be held on Monday, August 6th with the reception beginning at 5 p.m. with American Indian flute music by Myron Beeson.

August 6th is considered Lawton's birthday as the city was opened to settlement through an auction of town lots beginning on August 6, 1901.  Built on former reservation lands of Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Indians, Lawton was named after Major General Henry Ware Lawton, a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in action in the Philippine-American War.

The annual Lawton Ranger's PRCA Rodeo is being held August 8th through the 11th at the L.O. Ranch Arena.  Over 400 of the top cowboys and cowgirls from all over the nation will compete at this year's rodeo.  There will also be a calf scramble for the kids and the winner walks away with a brand new bicycle.  Wednesday nights performance is "Family Night" and a family of five gets in for $25.  Thursday is "2 for 1".  Buy one ticket and two people get in.  Friday night is "Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night", $1 from each ticket sold will go the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton.  Saturday night is Military night recognizing and honoring our Armed Forces.  Each year the famous Half-Section from Fort Sill entertain the crowd.

Do you plan to attend any of the festivities?  What is your favorite part of the rodeo?