Road Trip Rivals: Mustang vs. Yukon

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 7:44 pm
By: News 9

Road Trip Oklahoma is hitting the road for the highly anticipated start of high school football with one of the state's biggest rivalries--Mustang vs. Yukon.

Known to some as the "Canadian County Bedlam" or more recently the "I-40 Showdown," Yukon High School and Mustang High School have been bitter rivals for many years.

The close proximity of the two towns continues to fuel the fire for this rivalry that traces back and is said to have started on the athletic playing field around the 1950's.

Join us as we kick-off the new season at the Mustang community wide Football Booster Club Tailgate on Thursday August 30 or before the big game at Yukon on Friday.

Known as "a city with a vision", Mustang is within one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Mustang was established as a city in 1969 with a population of about 2,600. Today, Mustang boasts a population of more than 18,000. The city has an active community center which includes a public library, aquatic facility, and other recreational activities for families.

On the other hand, Yukon was established in 1891 with just 25 residents. Since then it has grown into a town of well over 25,000 people. The Yukon Mill and Grain Company, opened in 1893, was the city's largest source of industrial growth.

Some of the major events that happen in Mustang are the annual Mustang Western Days, which has been in existence for more than 35 years. Another highly anticipated festivity is the Mustang Grand National Car Show. The show hosts over 500 Ford Mustangs of all makes and models. These cars come from all around the United States and Canada.

Every year, on the first Saturday in October, the Czech festival takes place in Yukon. With approximately 50,000 people in 2011, it is one of the largest free festivals in the state of Oklahoma. Chisholm Trail Park, which was built in the shape of a boot, is one of Yukon's unique locations and hosts the Freedom Fest for 4th of July.

Some notable alumni of Mustang High School include: Olympic gold medalist wrestler, Kendall Cross and Shane Hammon who was a U.S. Olympic weight lifter and has been named "the strongest man in America." He broke every American record in his sport. In addition, former Oklahoma State kicker Dan Bailey plays for the Dallas Cowboys and former NY Jets defensive end and tackle Dennis Byrd is also from Mustang.

Yukon also boasts some popular natives including the #1 selling solo artist in US history, Garth Brooks as well as Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy Ragsdale, and Jeremy Plato of the former band Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Join Oklahoma's Own News 9 and Leisure Time RV on August 30 and 31 as we Road Trip to Mustang and Yukon to experience all these two rival towns have to offer.