National Day of the American Cowboy

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getting ready for National Day of the American Cowboy

getting ready for National Day of the American Cowboy

Holidays can be expensive so when you find an event that is free its worth telling readers. If you are holidaying in Texas this summer and you are around the Dallas-Fort Worth area on July 26th, then head for the National Day of the American Cowboy.

Held in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the city has been dubbed the “City of Cowboys and Culture” for its abundance of Old West-related attractions as well as a thriving arts scene complemented by golf old cowboy food such as re-fried beans, Tex-Mex food as well as “more sophisticated cultural offerings,” which is how the tourist board puts it!

Recognized nationally as the Best Cowboy Tribute by many US national media outlets, the Fort Worth Stockyards has planned a day of free and family-orientated activities that will take place along East Exchange Avenue.  The activities are designed to help visitors experience and appreciate the role that Cowboys and Cowgirls of all ethnicities have played — and continue to play — in every day Western life.

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, The Fort Worth Stockyards is a 15-block area that looks the same today as it did 100 years ago, complete with the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive presented by the Fort Worth Herd and the restored Grapevine Vintage Railroad. The Historic Stockyards District is also home to Stockyards Station, a dining and shopping marketplace made from former sheep and hog pens, as well as notable attractions such as the Cowtown Coliseum – home to the world’s only year-round rodeo, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Billy Bob’s Texas—the world’s largest honky-tonk, M.L. Leddy’s legendary handmade boots and saddles, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and the White Elephant Saloon.

In addition to stage coach rides, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a “jail and bail” available all day, other special events include hay stacking, a cattle drive, a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest, a rib-eating contest and a contest for the most worn-out boots! Now I think I understand what the tourist board was talking about when it referred to those sophisticated offerings.

Sounds like good fun to me!

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