Friday, July 20, 2012

National Day of the American Cowboy

I know...I know...I blog about this every year, but I love cowboys so I enjoy reminding the fans of American Romance books that the "U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating the fourth Saturday of July National Day of the American Cowboy.”
"Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as cowboys, helped establish the American West...that cowboy spirit continues to infuse the nation with its solid character, sound family values, and good common sense; Whereas the cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism."

If you visit All My Heroes are Cowboys you'll notice the following statement at the top of my blog...

"America needs the Cowboy both to remind us of how far we have come and to bring us back to the simplicity of the values he represents. He is also needed because he is a piece of who we are as a country. He represents a lifestyle and a time period that is a cherished part of our History. Little boys want to grow up to be him and the little girls want to grow up to marry him."

One of the more famous rodeos in the country is happening this month!  Cheyenne Frontier Days runs from July 20th-29th.  Started in 1897 and drawing more than 300,000 people to the area each year, this rodeo is billed as the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo & Western Celebration.  Cheyenne Frontier Days is the “Daddy of ‘Em All”!

Country Western Music fans…check out this year's entertainment schedule:

Zac Brown Band with special guest the Marshall Tucker Band
Brad Paisley with special guest The Band Perry
Merle Haggard with special guest Chancey Williams
Reba with special guests Rodney Atkins and Hunter Hayes
Journey with special guest Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Loverboy
Hank Williams Jr. with special guest Chris Young
Blake Shelton with special guest David Nail
Cheyenne Frontier days is more than just rodeo and music.  There's an Indian Village to explore. There is also a carnival midway, Chuck Wagon Cookoff, and the Wild Horse Gulch western heritage area, and Behind the Chutes tours. Cheyenne Frontier days is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeo with almost 1,500 contestants who will vie for more than $1 million in money and prizes

What are your summer plans?  Do they include a rodeo?


A Cowboy's Duty (August 2012)


Amanda Renée said...

I never knew this existed. Once again, you've educated me. Great post!

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Amanda, I saw Reba perform there for the first time and she was amazing, but then again Reba can do no wrong, lol, she's one of my favorite ladies of country music.

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Hi Marin,

Thanks for all the cowboy info. The concert line up sounds great. I would love to see Pat Benatar and Loverboy.

Also, I just read Dexter: Honorable Cowboy. Loved the scene with the mechanical bull. Dexter was a great hero too.

Marin Thomas said...

Hi, Tammy! Pat Benatar brings back memories from my high school days, what a rock-n-roll lady she was, lol! Glad you enjoyed Dexter! That mechanical bull scene was fun to write :-)

Linda Warren said...

Hi Marin,
Summer plans? Anaheim. I'm packing now. Wish you were going to be there.

I'd love to be at that concert too.

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Linda
I'm afraid I won't be at RWA this year but I'm determined to make the San Antonio conference in 2014so we'll have to get a posse of American authors together and hunt cowboys while were there :-) Enjoy your trip and keeping fingers crossed for you at the Rita ceremony!

Anonymous said...

I just finished A Cowboy's Duty. I liked it very much. There's nothing better than a cowboy.

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Cathy...thanks for stopping by :-) I'm glad you enjoyed A Cowboy's Duty, thanks for picking up a copy! And I agree--there's nothing better than a cowboy!

BW said...

No rodeo but maybe a county fair.

Marin Thomas said...

BW...I grew up in a town that was home to the county fair every summer and one year a little known country singer named Garth Brooks played there and played the hit song "Rodeo" before it went live on the radio...what a night that was, lol! The fans went crazy. Some of the best bands around played at country fairs before they became famous. Thanks for stopping by!