Special Day Keeps Cowboys And The West Alive
All across the country this week there is a lot of dust being raised in commemoration of the American cowboy and life in the old west.
The National Day of the Cowboy is a day set aside to honor the cowboy and the way of life that the word
“cowboy” brings to mind. For the past ten years, the fourth Saturday in July has been the official date to celebrate but the festivities are sometimes all week long.
You can find rodeos, re-enactments, shows, cowboy food and lots of fun all over the west.
The National Day of the Cowboy became an official non-profit organization in 2005.
Their goal is to assure that the cowboy and his contributions to America’s heritage are never forgotten.
It is romanticized in the movies but life back in those days was full of danger each and every day. There might be a lot of cowboy boots worn in Nashville TN, The Country Music Capital of the World, but back in the Old West, they did a lot more than tap to the music. They saved lives.
Each year, a different artist or photographer generously donates an image to be used in the Cowboy Keeper Awards. This year’s spectacular image of a stagecoach stopped in Monument Valley, “Hitchin’ Up for a Dry Ride,” was created by Arizona artist and Cowgirl Up member, Sheila Cottrell.
The mission of National Day of the Cowboy non-profit organization is to contribute to the preservation of America’s cowboy culture and pioneer heritage so that the history and culture which the fourth Saturday in July honors, can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, literature, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and other community activities. These Cowboy Keeper Award recipients personify that mission. Although there is not enough room in this piece to share completely the vast and illustrious accomplishments of each one, we recommend you delve further into their stories for further inspiration.
Hitchin’ Up for a Dry Ride
Hitchin’ Up for a Dry Ride Image Credit: Sheila Cottrell