The Oakdale Cowboy Museum will celebrate the eighth annual National Day of the American Cowboy, Saturday, July 28 at the Cowboy Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Families are invited to stroll in the courtyard and visit a real cowboy camp, visit with some of the local cowboys and get autographs. There will be activities such as learning to rope, designing your own brand and using leather tools to stamp out a leather design. There will be a real cattle truck where kids can walk up a ramp and explore the inside of a trailer to see how cattle are loaded and transported.
“Our goal is to share with the public the day in the life of a cowboy, while embracing our local western heritage,” said committee chairperson, Pat Taylor. “This day recognizes our working ranching cowboys as well as our rodeo cowboys.”
Awards will also be given to the winners of the National Day of the American Cowboy drawing contest.
The National Day of the American Cowboy campaign was founded by American Cowboy magazine in 2004 to preserve, protect and promote the cowboy and Western heritage and lobby for the passage of a national resolution designating the fourth Saturday of every July a permanent celebration on the national calendar honoring cowboys and cowgirls for their enduring contribution to the courageous, pioneering spirit of America.