On June 20, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center will celebrate a “silver” 25 years of education and wildlife conservation with the epic Bandanas, Boots and Bison event at the Wildlife Walk, near the koi pond at the front gate.

Gates open at 3 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Please do not bring coolers, outside food or beverages, or pets.

Entertainment and music for the birthday bash will be provided by Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band, Sonny Burgess, Randy Brown, Alan Parsons, Steve Helms Band, Josh Mills, Eric Tull and Abby Babbitt.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. They can be purchased from Barnard Street Bakery/Tiger Corner in Glen Rose, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Walnut Springs Lumber Co in Walnut Springs, David’s Western Wear (locations in Decatur, Granbury and Weatherford), Earnest Tubb Record shop in Fort Worth or Rawhide Rustic in Granbury.

You can also call (254) 897-2960 to make your reservation over the phone or mail a check to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 2155 CR 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043. Allow four to six business days for order processing and shipping.

Tickets purchased after June 6 will be available at the will call box office, where you can pick your tickets up at the event prior to the show.

In order to pick up your tickets, you will be required to present a valid photo ID, the credit card used to purchase the tickets and your confirmation number.

The year 1984 was fabled and certainly turned out to be one for the history books. President Ronald Reagan began his second term, Apple debuted Macintosh, MTV hit the airwaves, Michael Jackson’s hair went up in flames and the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center opens its doors to the public.

On Thursday, June 21, 1984 Fossil Rim opened its nearly 10-mile drive and ushered in the very first car - a young couple and two children.

Since then, more than 200,000 people have toured the sights of the Rim, catching glimpses of exotic and endangered animals roaming the hills of western Somervell County. But the serenity of the animals at home masks the tumultuous race against time going on behind the scenes.

For the past 25 years, staff members, volunteers, veterinarians and researchers have worked feverishly in a global effort to save endangered species around the globe. Information from the Rim’s Web site, www.fossilrim.com, states research projects at the facility are dramatically advancing the science of wildlife conservation.