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All American Quarter Horse Congress Oct. 1-24 Columbus, Ohio 740-943-2346, oqha.com
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All American Quarter Horse Congress Oct. 1-24 Columbus, Ohio 740-943-2346, oqha.com

All American Quarter Horse Congress

Oct. 1-24

Columbus, Ohio

740-943-2346, oqha.com

Columbus is horse country in October. Home to the largest single-breed horse show in the world, the All American Quarter Horse Congress draws an estimated 650,000 people during three weeks of shows and events. Only 5,000 people showed up when the event began 44 years ago. Today’s attendees own an average of 7.6 quarter horses each, and more than 17,000 total are entered in the event.

Feb. 25-28

Pigeon Forge Saddle Up!

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

800-251-9100, mypigeonforge.com

April 16-18

Midwest Horse Fair

Madison, Wis.

920-623-4322, midwesthorsefair.com

April 14-17

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championship

Tunica, Miss.

480-683-0485, cowboymountedshooting.com

May 28-29th

John Wayne Birthday Celebration

Winterset, Iowa

877-462-1044, johnwaynebirthplace.org

June 12–20 and 24–26

Nebraskaland Days

North Platte, Neb.

308-532-7939, nebraskalanddays.com

June 18–19

Wild Bill Days

Deadwood, S.D.

605-578-1876, deadwood.org

June 26–27

Gene Autry Days

Kenton, Ohio

419-673-4131, hardinohio.org

Oct. 26–30

National Barrel Horse Association World Championships

(Location to be announced)

706-823-3728, nbha.com

July 15–18

Oregon Trail Days

Gering, Neb.

308-436-4457, oregontraildays.com

July 24

National Day of the American Cowboy

Nationwide and international observances

cowboyday.com

Celebrate the American Cowboy during this Senate-sanctioned holiday, with events held nationally and internationally.

July 27–31

Days of ’76 Rodeo

Deadwood, S.D.

888-838-2855, daysof76.com

July 30–Aug. 8

Dodge City Days

Dodge City, Kan.

(620) 227-3119, dodgechamber.com

A rodeo, craft show, and barbecue contest make this event perfect for families.

Sept. 11–Oct. 30

National Harvest Festival

Branson, Mo.

800-475-9370, silverdollarcity.com

Sept. 17–19

Spirit of the West Festival

Sioux Falls, S.D.

605-334-9202, spiritofthewestfestival.com

Celebrate Western history and culture with three days ofre-enactments, cook-offs, and music.