GLEN ROSE —Ask someone from beyond the Lone Star State’s borders what they know about Texans, and chances are they envision the quintessential cowboy. But it’s about more than a 10-gallon hat, leather chaps, a pair of cowboy boots and clanking spurs. It’s a way of life, rooted in the history of the American West.
National Day of the Cowboy TEXAS STYLE — an event set to ride into Oakdale Park this Saturday, July 27 — is all about paying homage to western heritage and the working men, women and children who still fill the boots of cowboys who came before them.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and offers free family friendly entertainment throughout the day.
Boots Hubbard, event coordinator, provided background information on National Day of the Cowboy.
“In 2005, President George Bush declared the fourth Saturday in July as National Day of the Cowboy to honor the heritage of those who came west after the Civil War and ultimately became known as the American Cowboy,” Hubbard said. “Bush stated, ‘We celebrate the cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.’”
But how do you pay homage to a heritage that remains alive and well in Texas?
“You keep the Wild West alive,” Hubbard said.
From yodelers and western reenactments to a junior wrangler talent competition and more, the West will come to life in Glen Rose.
The full slate of entertainment includes cowboy poets Smokey Culver of League City and Tater Paschall of Glen Rose; 10-year-old fiddler Ridge Roberts of Tolar; signer storyteller and yodeler “extraordinare” Buck “The Big Man” Melton of Dallas; and Kristyn Harris, winner of the 2012 Western Music Association Crescendo Award and Female Yodeler of the Year, from Collin County.
Activities will also include rides in an authentic stagecoach with Ben Buckwalter, photos ops with miniature Texas longhorns, presentation of the Cowboy of the Year award at 5 p.m. and western reenactments.
Attendees are encouraged to pack up their lawn chairs and blankets for a full afternoon of entertainment.
And don’t forget to smile as a film crew from Germany will be on hand, according to Hubbard.
He said the event — which was previously held in Granbury and is expected to draw a crowd from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond — will be filmed and featured on a documentary on cowboys and the people who honor the western way of life.
For more information, visit gunsmokeonthebrazos.org or like “National Day of the Cowboy for North Texas” on Facebook.
Oakdale Park is located at 1019 Northeast Barnard Street in Glen Rose.