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Latest News, Deals & Savings for May 11

This week: National Cowboy Museum readies its annual chuck wagon party and cowboy festival for kids, Frontier Airlines is beginning seasonal service from Denver to Anchorage, and Cruise West is introducing Alaska cruise weekend packages that include airfare from 14 West Coast cities.

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National Cowboy Museum Readies Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering, Children's Cowboy Festival

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City will be celebrating the 19th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival on May 23 and 24, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Memorial Day weekend, authentic chuck wagon crews prepare delicious cowboy favorites for folks to sample, such as biscuits and stew, beans and cobblers.

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Stage entertainment ranges from a hilarious Old West Medicine Show to the sounds of acclaimed western singer Red Steagall and balladeer, Don Edwards.

Other activities include stagecoach and covered wagon rides, weaving and rope making. When the sun gets too hot, visitors can find their way up the hill to enjoy the sprawling museum complex, or watch their children take part in the hands-on activities in the children's building.

Children can participate in numerous outdoor activities including pony rides, rope making, bandana designing, paper fan decorating, coloring and leather crafting. Stagecoach and covered wagon rides around the festival grounds are a family favorite. Photo opportunities are abundant and pictures taken with Oreo, a Texas Longhorn steer, are popular.

Ten chuck wagon crews cook a variety of traditional Western fare including brisket, sourdough biscuits, cowboy beans, and rice pudding for visitors to sample.

Recipes are prepared hourly at a demonstration wagon by sisters Sue Cunningham and Jean Cates, award-winning cooks from the C Bar C Ranch, Hartley, Texas. The Cunningham wagon is still used during spring and fall roundups. Demonstration recipes are free to the audience and cookbooks are available for purchase at The Museum Store wagon.

Western musical entertainment is scheduled on two separate stages. Don Edwards will be on stage Saturday, May 23. Edwards' career as a balladeer, guitarist and composer has spanned more than three decades, enriching audiences with his authentic Western music and his extensive knowledge of cowboy lore. He played the role of Smokey, Robert Redford's best friend, in the motion picture "Horse Whisperer."

Red Steagall, who will perform Sunday, May 24, has performed at the Chuck Wagon event since 1991. The official Cowboy Poet of Texas is a master songwriter, recording artist, author, actor, radio personality and rancher. Brother Danny will be accompanying Steagall on guitar.

For more information about admission prices visit
www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250.

Frontier Airlines Returns to the Last Frontier With Service to Anchorage

Frontier Airlines is heading north to Alaska again, beginning seasonal service from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on Friday, May 8, 2009, with one daily nonstop flight.

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To kick off the new service, Frontier is offering double miles to its EarlyReturns(R) members who fly to Anchorage prior to June 30, 2009. As a result, members can earn approximately 5,000 miles each way between Denver and Anchorage, meaning passengers could be awarded a free round-trip ticket (given at 20,000 miles) in just two trips. To enroll in Frontier's EarlyReturns frequent flyer program, go to
www.FrontierAirlines.com/earlyreturns.

"Anchorage has always been special for us because it offers our customers such a unique destination experience," said Frontier President and CEO Sean Menke. "And we provide a unique flying experience for our customer with our AirFairs product and commitment to customer service. Plus, it's only fitting to have an airline named Frontier providing air service to one of our country's last frontiers."

Frontier originally began service to Anchorage in May 2004. Frontier offers routes to more than 50 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica.

Cruise West Adds Alaska Weekend Packages From 14 West Coast Cities

Cruise West, one of the world's leading providers of small-ship exploration cruises, has introduced two enticing three-night Alaska cruise weekend packages that include airfare from 14 West Coast cities.

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The Alaska Weekend Explorers Package offers reduced airfare from select West Coast cities for both the three-night Glacier Bay Highlights and Glaciers of Prince William Sound cruises. Total price of $1,499 includes the $999 cruise fare and $500 airfare.

The $500 air add-on/package deal is available from Boise, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ontario, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle and Spokane.

As an example of what guests can experience, the 84-guest Spirit of Discovery offers a three-night cruise to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve; with two full days in this magnificent park. Starting at $1,499 for cruise plus airfare or $999 for cruise only (round trip Juneau).

The three-night/four-day Glaciers of Prince William Sound offers spectacular scenic cruising in Prince William Sound boasting cliff-walled fjords, narrow passages, humpback whales, brown bears, sea otters and harbor seals. Offered onboard the 78-guest Spirit of Columbia, the fare starts at $1,499 for cruise plus airfare or $999 for cruise only (round trip Anchorage).

More information about Cruise West's 2009 Alaskan itineraries can be found online at
www.cruisewest.com or by calling (800) 296-8307 or a travel professional.

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