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Event Ideas

Event Ideas

Celebrating the National Day of the Cowboy is a vital key to achieving permanent status for it. People planning their first event often ask us for suggestions, so I've compiled a list of ideas to consider. Many are already popular features, but some are new. Keep in mind, it is not the size of your celebration that matters, but that you do celebrate. I suggest too, that anytime you are attending any cowboy culture related event, you think about inviting 10 people who've never been to one before. That, as well as including at least one educational aspect to your celebration (especially for children), is going to help keep our preservation efforts alive and growing. If you think of other elements that need to be included on our list, please let me know. I'm sure there are many more to be added.

Don't forget to send us your event information in text format so we can post it on our events calendar.

Good luck with your celebration!

Art "spur" contest
Artisan horsehair braiding & hitching
Autograph signings by western tv and movie stars
Awards recognition to local ranchers, cowboys & cowgirls
Awards recognition to individual preservationists
Awards recognition to preservation organizations
Bareback and saddle bronc competition
Bareback relay
Barn dance
Barrell racing competition
Book signing
Boot maker demonstrations
Branding demonstration
Buckboard rides
Buffalo soldiers
Bull riding
Buy a western book
Campfire songwriter round
Campfire storytelling
Chili cookoff
Chuck wagon cookoff
Chuck wagon meals
Costume contest
Covered wagon trips
Cow pie throwing
Cowbelles ranching photo exhibit
Cowboy breakfast
Cowboy church
Cowboy collectibles show
Cowboy Dance
Cowboy mounted shooting
Cowboy/ranching photography exhibit
Cowboy Poetry
Cowboy Poetry contests
Cowboy swap meet
Watch Cowboy TV shows
Dress up like your favorite western movie or TV character
Dutch oven meals
Dutch oven cookoff
Essay contest about your favorite cowboy/cowgirl/ranch
Extreme horse racing
Fashion Show (vintage, new, or both)
Fiddle contest
Fly the National Day of the Cowboy flag
Free museum admission with your boots, hat or pearl snap shirt
Free raffle tickets with your boots, hat, or pearl snap shirt
Fundraise for a local nonprofit or for the National Day of the Cowboy 501(c)3
Gun spinning demonstration or contest
Have a parade
Historic gun show
Hold a celebration at your ranch
Honor a local Cowboy or Cowgirl
Honor a local rancher
Horse clinics
Horse drawn parades
Horse drawn carriage rides
Horse hair hitching lesson or demonstration
Horse pull competition
Horse shoeing demo/contest
Horse trailer safety demonstration
Horseback riding lessons
Ice cream social
Interview a cowboy or cowgirl on your radio show
Invite 10 friends to a National Day of the Cowboy event
Jackpot barrel racing
Kids' rodeo
Land stewardship workshops
Leather crafters
Live auction
Longhorn parade
Moustache contests
Mutton busting
Offer a store discount
Old time horse races
Organize a team roping
Organize or attend a Ranch Rodeo
Petting zoo
Pie/cobbler baking
Poker ride
Poker tournament
Pony rides
Post a rancher or cowboy's story on Youtube
Potluck with ranch recipes
Preview cowboy and pioneer heritage documentary films
Pro rodeo (Senior, women’s)
Purchase a book about cowboy culture
Purchase a book about pioneer heritage
Purchase a CD of western music
Quilt display
Quilt making
Raffle a calf
Raffle spurs
Ranch gear exhibit
Ranch horse competition
Ranch memorabilia display
Ranch Photography contest
Ranch picnic
Read a western book to a child
Rodeo queens
Rope making
Rope twirling
Saddle makers
Silent auction
Single Action Shooting
Spur makers
Stagecoach rides
Steer roping
Stick horse races
Stick horse making
Organize a stock show
Story telling
Teach a pioneer or cowboy history lesson
Teach about cowboys’ clothes and gear
Teach calf roping
Teach about brands
Teach about ranching
Teach bit & spur making
Teach cowboy poetry writing
Teen rodeo
Toy gun show
Trail rides
Trick roping
Trick riding
Vintage cowboy movies
Vintage gun show
Vintage train ride
Visit a dude ranch
Visit a working ranch
Watch cowboy movies
Watermelon seed spitting
Western art exhibit
Western coloring contest
Western Music
Whip tricks
Wild horse saddling competition
Wild rag contest
Wild west show
Window decorating contest (vintage cowboys, cowgirls, scenes, etc.)