Ft. Worth Stockyards
July 28, Ft. Worth
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At the historic Stockyards, which saw more than 4 million head of cattle trailed through between 1866 and 1890, the festivities include seven rodeos and riding events featuring top amateurs and professionals. You can also partake in fun contests for watermelon eating and seed-spitting, best moustache, most worn-out boots, and buckaroo coloring. When you get hungry, check out the Love Shack – a restaurant known for its juicy burgers and hotdogs. Kids will love taking period photos at The Jersey Lily Old Time Photo Parlor.
Museum and Hall
July 28, Oklahoma City
A total of eight annual public events celebrate the Cowboy Way and honor those who made the West as we know it. Don’t miss the museum’s excellent buffet! Women ranging in age from 4–24 can compete in several age divisions for the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma title. Kids will enjoy this website: cowboykids.nationalcowboymuseum.org. They can learn songs, play games, take tours, learn about exhibits, and befriend characters like Cowboy Jack.
July 27–28, Bandera, Texas
Celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy in the Cowboy Capital of the World! The Frontier Times Museum’s two-day celebration includes everything from ranch rodeo events to mock gunfights. Busbee’s BBQ serves amazing meats over an oak-fueled fire. After hours, there are seven saloons to choose from so there’s plenty to do when the sun goes down. For the cowboys in training, Bandera County hosts six different summer camps for kids – some of which welcome parents, too.