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Cowboy Capital Honors Heritage

With its title as ‘Cowboy Capital of the World,’ Oakdale is probably the best place around to celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy.

The celebration is set for this Saturday, July 23 and promises a day of Western-themed fun for the whole family at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds on East F Street.

Recent announcement regarding one of its resident champions soon to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame (see related story on Jerold Camarillo) means Oakdale can still lay claim to the coveted ‘Cowboy Capital’ title and put its best western foot forward for the day.

Free admission is featured for the event, with activities sponsored by the Oakdale Saddle Club and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. Festivities will include dummy roping and stick horse races for kids in addition to men’s and women’s divisions for competition including branding, sort and rope doctoring, team roping and more.

There will also be food available on site, with the cook shack run by the San Joaquin Stanislaus Cattle Women.

Officials said that the goal of the National Day of the American Cowboy is to highlight the importance of the ranching and rodeo lifestyle as it continues today, with the entire community encouraged to come enjoy a day of Western heritage.

For more information, call the Oakdale Cowboy Museum at 209-847-7049.