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CODY & LAUREN GARNETT - In 2009 Cody and Lauren met for the first time at a Rodeo in Pawhuska hosted by the Round-Up Club. Needless to say it was LOVE at first sight, at least it was for Cody. They have been together ever since. They began their lives together on the road going from rodeo to rodeo and along the way they had their first daughter, Daisy. Cody sold his favorite horse so he could buy a home for his family in his wife's home town of Pawhuska. Lauren began teaching in Barnsdall and Cody continued to rodeo for a living. While on the rodeo circuit Cody met a man who would become his greatest friend and business partner. Along the way it became evident that life on the road was not as appealing with a family at home and always being on the road. So one day Cody's’ friend asked him what kind of business would you start if you could in Pawhuska. Cody's first thought was, a pawn shop. With the help of his friend and the support of his family, Cody opened Big County Pawn in the Historic Whiting Osage Square. The arrival of their second daughter, Ellie, brought another level of excitement to their lives. Lauren soon found that she wanted to join Cody in business and retired from teaching to homeschool their daughters and help run the family business. It is now many years since they met, two daughters and 4 additional businesses later that the Garnetts find themselves at the epicenter of this rapidly growing tourist town. The Garnetts, along with the pawn shop, now own and operate the First Tuesday Auction, Lauren’s Bail Bond Service, The Bucking Flamingo and The Flamingo’s Nest (B&B).
The Garnett Gals vs. BIG FOOT - It was a day like any other, when Lauren “Hair of Gold” Garnett and her girls, Daisy and Ellie went deep into the Osage Hills in search of unique items to populate their trading post, the Buckin’ Flamingo. This days journey had taken them further than they had ever gone before. Luckily for Lauren, both Daisy and Ellie were skilled trackers, each with their own speciality. It was Daisy who first came across the tell tale signs of what would become their greatest discovery yet. With her keen senses, Ellie confirmed their suspicions and thus began the hunt for what they hoped would be the next featured attraction at the World Famous Buckin’ Flamingo.With a sense of absolute purpose, Lauren and the girls embarked on a mission to capture the mysteriously elusive creature known as, the Bigfoot. It didn’t take long for the girls to find signs of Bigfoot activity in the immediate area. They formulated a fool proof plan they would later call the “screaming squirrel”. Both Daisy and Ellie positioned themselves high up in the trees just above bigfoot eye level and remained perfectly still for what seemed like hours. All the while Lauren practiced her yoga meditation technique and honed her highly accurate roping skills that she had learned from her husband, Buffalo Cody. It is still unclear wether the creature was aware of their precense or not but it unwittingly stepped into their trap and had the surprise of it’s life. Lauren was the first to sense it’s presence and positioned herself in the shadows all the while masking her scent with a skunk gland she kept in her medicine bag for occasions just like this. Like a strike of lightning, Lauren’s rope shot out out of the darkness and lassoed the creatures foot so fast that it didn’t even know it had already been captured. From both sides the girls jumped from their positions in the trees and landed on the creature to commence the “tickle torture” that would ultimately break the creatures will. Broken and humbled by the clever trap set by Lauren and the girls, the creature known as Bigfoot submited to their overwhelming superiority and returned with them to the Buckin’ Flamingo. There you will witness the largest Bigfoot in captivity and an unparralleled selection of souvenirs, metal art, jewelry and the most unique items this side of the Pecos.
- Scott Trotter
“BUFFALO” CODY GARNETT - When you visit the City of Pawhuska there are many amazing sights, shops and people to see. But, by far, the most unique of them all would have to be the ever vigilant man of the west, Cody Garnett, or Buffalo Cody if you dare. It is told that he rode into town for the first time on the back of a wild buffalo. Not much else is known about his earlier years but what we do know is that he is one of the toughest hombres this side of the border, the Oklahoma-Texas Border that is. A story we would like to share with you is of the time Cody and his girls, Daisy and Ellie, went South of the Border looking for valuables to bring back to Pawhuska to populate his trading post, The Buckin’ Flamingo. Amongst the rusted remains of old signs and pottery, they came across a sight that would make any normal person’s blood run cold. Before them stood a nine foot grizzly bear with the steely-eyed gaze of a killer. Cody knew at once that this bear would decorate the hallowed halls of his trading post in the Osage Hills. With the help of his girls, and a better than average knowledge of knife wielding, Cody was able to bring the bear and many other unique items back to town with his dignity and flesh still in tact. When Cody returned he was met by his Osage bride, Lauren, and the girls would go on to tell their mother of the adventures they shared with their father, with much delight. Lauren “Hair of Gold” Garnett; Cody’s beautiful bride. There never has been a more beautiful, blonde hair, green-eyed Osage indian woman in all the territory. On the day that Cody rode into town on his buffalo, Lauren was there to witness in pure awe, and the animalistic attraction was undeniable. If there is such a thing as love at first sight, it was proven that day. The two have never left each others side and share daily adventures, the like of which are only written of in the most fantastical novels. Their wares can be found throughout Pawhuska at the First Tuesday Auction, Big County Pawn, Lauren’s Bail Bond Service, The Buckin’ Flamingo and The Flamingo’s Nest (B&B).
- Scott Trotter