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Western Events Calendar: August 2015

Our 2015 February/March issue features a list of the 101 top Cowboy Events to hit throughout the year. Here are the August events. As a web extra, we've gone ahead and included a few hometown favorites, as well.
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Credit: Las Vegas Cowboys' Reunion Centennial Celebration Las Vegas, N.M., celebrates 100 years of cowboy history, Aug. 1–9, 2015.

Credit: Las Vegas Cowboys' Reunion Centennial Celebration Las Vegas, N.M., celebrates 100 years of cowboy history, Aug. 1–9, 2015.

1–3

Bastrop Homecoming & Rodeo

Bastrop, Texas

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This town outside of Austin offers some down-home good times. With a rodeo, a grand parade, class reunions, and a carnival, there is something for everyone.

1–9

Las Vegas Cowboy's Reunion Centennial Celebration 

Las Vegas, N.M.

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The first Cowboys’ Reunion was held in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in July of 1915, and was the start of a tradition that lasted, in one form or another, until 1967. On the one-hundredth anniversary of that first Reunion, we are determined to hold a celebration that would make the old-timers proud. 

6–8

Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout

Cody, Wyo.

307-587-4771, website

Held at the Cody Shooting Complex and organized by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, this event invites the public to watch competitors showcase their various shooting sports. 

7–9

Big Bend Ranch Rodeo

Alpine, Texas

432-364-2696,website

This West Texas ranch rodeo draws impressive crowds as teams face off using their real-ranch-life cowboy skills to dominate the competition. Awards go to the all-around Champion Team, the Top Hand, All Around Cowgirl, Top Horse, and Hard Luck Cowboy. 

8

ProRodeo Hall of Fame Inductions

Colorado Springs, Colo.

719-528-4764, website

In recognition of the PRCA’s best of the best, an induction ceremony and cowboy ball are hosted in honor of this year’s inductees. Currently, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame has selected 236 cowboys and cowgirls, 28 animals, and 22 rodeo committees since its opening in 1979.

18–22

Caldwell Night Rodeo

Caldwell, Idaho

208-459-2060, website

Go to “Where the Cowboys are the Stars” for a helluva time under the arena lights in Caldwell. Pick your seats carefully—you’ll either be with the “Rowdies” or the “Civies” and you better get loud and proud.

22–24

Texas Trophy Hunters Extravaganza

Houston, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio, Texas

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If you’re hoping to get a close look at the industry’s latest and greatest gear and gadgets, these Texas hunting shows are the place to do it.

22–23

Santa Fe Indian Market

Santa Fe, N.M.

505-983-5220, website

Understood to be the place where Native American art and culture meet the world, this market is not only the world’s largest and most highly acclaimed Native American art show, but is also the biggest annual weekend event in all of New Mexico. If you are looking for an opportunity to find a unique and beautiful piece of Native American art for your collection, look no further. 

Editor’s Pick: “Booth after booth of some of the most amazing artistry and craftsmanship you’ll ever see! Set aside at least a couple days to take in everything—there are more than 1,000 vendors.” —Lauren Feldman

27–30

Western Legends Roundup Film Festival

Kanab, Utah

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It’s time to head to the desert, if you’re a fan of the silver screen. Meet the stars of the films you love, tour the filming locations, and enjoy live music and high-quality cowboy poetry. 

28–29

Mountain States Ranch Rodeo

Montrose, Colo.

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This event starts with a not-to-miss performance by cowboy poet extraordinaire, Waddie Mitchell, in a local saloon, followed by a day of down-home ranch rodeo. If you're looking for a cowboy event on Colorado's Western Slope, look no further.

31–Sept. 3

Fort Bridger Rendezvous

Fort Bridger, Wyo.

435-213-5133, website

If you’re a history buff with an interest in the Rocky Mountain fur trade of the 1800s, it’s time to rendezvous. Period dress gets you in for free, and all will enjoy events like the Mountain Man Storytelling Contest and the Women’s Frying Pan Toss.

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