Western Events Calendar: February 2015

The February/March issue features a list of the 101 top Cowboy Events to hit throughout the year. As a web extra, we've gone ahead and included a few hometown favorites, as well.
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Tucson Rodeo

Tucson Rodeo

5–7

2nd Annual Leather Silver Tool Show

Wickenburg, Ariz.

800-942-5242, website

6–8

Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering

Sierra Vista, Ariz.

520-249-3535, website

This year, the Cochise Gathering will celebrate the Roundups & Rodeos of yesteryear and today through performances by musicians and artists from all over the West.

12–March 1

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

San Antonio, Texas

210-225-5851, website

As they say in San Antonio, “Let’s Rodeo!” The PRCA has awarded the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo nine awards for best “Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year” and even more all-star performers are headlining the entertainment stage.

13–15

Gold Rush Days and Senior Pro Rodeo

Wickenburg, Ariz.

928-684-5479, website

Recognized by the Library of Congress as one of America’s Living Legacies, this event is designed to celebrate Wickenburg’s ranching and gold mining history. Fun activities abound, including a parade and carnival, as well as an old-fashioned melodrama.

Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering

Ellensburg, Wash.

888-925-2204, website

Held in Historic Downtown Ellensburg, this event is sure to please with its Gear & Art Show, workshops, and entertainment. With activities like the fiddle contest and the Saturday Night Dance, Ellensburg is the 2015 President’s Day Weekend place to be.

18–22

Saddle Up

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

865-429-7350, website

The West moves east for this five-day Appalachian cowboy celebration featuring top performers, such as the famed poet Baxter Black and the highly revered musician, Chuck Pyle.

21–March 1

Fiesta de los Vaqueros / Tucson Rodeo

Tucson, Ariz.

520-741-2233, website

Honoring the cowboys and cowgirls of the Southwest since its beginning in 1925, Fiesta de los Vaqueros is the first major outdoor rodeo of the year. The Tucson Rodeo Parade—also in existence since 1925—attracts more than 200,000 spectators per year and is not to be missed.

Editor’s Pick: “After a long, cold Colorado winter, all I want to do is enjoy some sunshine! As the first big outdoor rodeo of the year, the Tucson Rodeo offers up justthat. The barn dance and parade are musts, and while you’re in town, visit the Old Tucson studios.”

—Associate Editor, Lauren Feldman

25–March 1

Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo Weekend

Winnemucca, Nev.

775-623-5071, website

Thirty different teams compete in this event, making it the largest ranch rodeo in Nevada. Don’t miss the rush as these real-deal cowboys and cowgirls give it their all in events like the Saddle Bronc Riding, the Wild Mugging, the Team Roping, and the Trailer Loading.

27–28

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Alpine, Texas

800-561-3712, website

The only trouble with this event is picking which of the 50-some performers to catch in this star-studded, two-day gathering. Also, don’t forget your raffle tickets to have a chance at winning some beautiful custom gear.

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