Ultimate Western Events Calendar: May

From our Ultimate Western Events Calendar, here are the cowboy events to attend in May!
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From our Ultimate Western Events Calendar, here are the cowboy events to attend in May!
photo courtesy Jim Heaphy

[MAY 3 & SEPT. 12]

HUBBELL TRADING POST AUCTION OF NATIVE AMERICAN ART

Paradise Valley, Ariz.

928-755-3475, www.friendsofhubbell.org

With more than 400 Navajo, Hopi, and Puebloan-tribe items, this American Indian auction is one of the best-kept secrets in Arizona, and is known for the exceptional value and authenticity of its auction items.

[8–10]

WESTERN HERITAGE RANCH RODEO CLASSIC

Abilene, Texas

325-677-4376, www.westernheritageclassic.com

Some of the largest and most historic ranches in the United States gather to compete in traditional ranch rodeo events such as bronc riding, team branding, team doctoring, and wild cow milking.

[EDITOR'S PICK

15–18]

MILES CITY BUCKING HORSE SALE

Miles City, Mont.

406-234-2890, www.buckinghorsesale.com

At the futurity and sale, stock contractors showcase their most promising bucking stock—both bulls and horses. To add to the excitement, there’s also a concert, match bronc ride, and wild horse race.

“I attended the sale back when I was in college. It’s a great time and an atmosphere only Montana can provide.” —Bob

[20–25]

BISHOP MULE DAYS

Bishop, Calif.

720-872-4263, www.muledays.org

Part mule show and part Wild West celebration, Bishop Mule Days boasts more than 700 mules competing in 181 events (everything from cutting to team roping to chariot racing), and attracts more than 30,000 fans of the long-eared equines.

[24-25]

CHUCKWAGON GATHERING & CHILDREN’S COWBOY FESTIVAL

Oklahoma City, Okla.

405-478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Celebrate the cowboy way with cooking demonstrations from cowboy-turned-chef Grady Spears, performances from the likes of Don Edwards, Juni Fisher, and Red Steagall, and plenty of demonstrations held throughout the National Cowboy Museum.