Goodbye Calf Fry

We hear that Stillwater’s go-to joint for concerts and Cowboy-inspired festivals, Tumbleweed at 5212 W. Lakeview Road, will close by the end of the year.
Concert events on Dec. 30 and 31 will help Tumbleweed go out with a bang.
Always a favorite venue of Oklahoma State University students for local red dirt music and cheap beer, at the time of its closing Tumbleweed and its longtime owner Hank Moore will have served Stillwater for more than 25 years.
Tumbleweed, which boasts a concert space with a capacity for 8,000 patrons and a rodeo arena large enough to accommodate 3,000, has been a repeat venue for such acts as Cross Canadian Ragweed and Jason Boland. It has also lured such acts as Dierks Bently and George Strait.
Even country music giant Garth Brooks gave a concert on Tumbleweed’s earlier, smaller outdoor stage – not to mention that he was once a Tumbleweed employee.
Tumbleweed is closing much to the chagrin of current OSU students, alumni, and other patrons. E-mail flurries and message board threads are still going strong since the news of Tumbleweed’s exeunt broke early last week.
“Thanks for the memories,” said one comment on the Tumbleweed’s message board at
A chief lament is that Tumbleweed’s 12-year-old annual Calf Fry event will also ride into the sunset. Calf Fry, a celebration of local music, beer, bull riding, and dude ranch delicacies, has been well attended by both locals and pardners from up the trail alike since its inception.
Tumbleweed property and contents will trod the auction block Dec. 7. at 10 a.m. Proceedings will be administered by auctioneer and friend of Moore’s, Louis Dakil.
Local red dirt favorite Jason Boland and country group No Justice will bring the house down during Tumbleweed’s end-of-the-year celebration of the venue’s long stint in Stillwater. Boland will appear Dec. 30, and No Justice will follow on Dec. 31.

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