Tossing cow chips is a competitive sport in the annual Celebration held at Beaver, OK, in remembrance of the rugged courage and individualism of early pioneers.

Buffalo hunters learned that buffalo chips could be used for fuel. By the time the settlers arrived in Oklahoma, hunters had killed all the buffalo so the homesteaders, like my great grandparents, had to depend on cow droppings, which were a tad smellier and did not burn as efficiently. 

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I still celebrate the big fuzzy animal every chance I get. I was born and raised in the small town of Buffalo, OK, with grandparents and uncles all around. It was a great time and place to be young. Our school mascot was the Bison of course. In later years, I raised my youngsters there,  and it was still a good time and place. I wrote a newspaper column for a dozen years or more titled,  The Buffalo Gal , a nickname I still enjoy; and back in the day of the crazy oil boom and CB radios (if you are too young to remember, don’t ask) it was my “handle” too.  My son and his family still live there - and it is still a good time and place. Hence my fondness for the town and the animal.



Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma.