Barbecued beef, homegrown vegetables and homemade pies and cakes tempted the crowd. The Methodist Church set up booths selling coffee, lemonade and ice cream and raised $240 in funds. Dinner was followed by a riding tournament, one of the most popular forms of frontier entertainment. Men from Tonk Valley, Gooseneck, Caddo Springs and other communities rode and tried to capture the most rings which were attached to tall poles. Als Kirtley, of Gooseneck, was the winner and had the honor of crowning Palestine Timmons as the Goddess of Liberty and Love and Bell Burket as the Queen of Life and Liberty. But the highlight of the celebration was yet to come. The Independence Day program committee had dreamed up entertainment that was one-of-a-kind. They had arranged for a re-enactment of an Indian scalping, most likely by the friendly Tonkawas. The program began when the crowd was startled by what looked like hostile Indians dressed for war. They wore long war bonnets, war paint and were armed with tomahawks and hatchets. While tom-toms beat out a steady rhythm, the Indians dragged a man from the crowd named Pete Randolf. A huge bon fire illuminated the courthouse lawn where Randolf awaited his fate. As the drums grew louder, the war whoops increased. The captive was tied to a tree and the Indians began to dance around him. Suddenly, he was untied and thrown to the ground, all the while the Indians were dancing and brandishing tomahawks. The Indian chief stopped above Randolf and raised his hatchet while the crowd held its breath. The tomahawk came down, and the Indians vanished in the darkness, just as suddenly as they had appeared. To the crowd's relief, Randolf got to his feet with a wide grin. The crowd went wild with applause. So the exciting day ended. Folks were impressed that the Texas governor himself had celebrated July 4 with them. That day in 1878 raised people's spirits and gave them proof that Graham was indeed becoming the Gem City of the West.