National Day of the Cowboy

We missed it! The National Day of the Cowboy. Did you know it exists?

It’s the fourth Saturday in July, declared officially every year by Congress and some states. An internet bluegrass show I was listening to dedicated a set of Cowboy songs to it, so I decided to look it up. Here’s the site:

It’s a nonprofit, apparently a largely volunteer organization. Here’s the mission statement from the web site:

The National Day of the Cowboy non-profit organization works to contribute to the preservation of America’s cowboy culture and pioneer heritage so that the history and culture which the National Day of the Cowboy bill honors, can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, literature, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and other community activities.

They are looking for volunteers and, of course, donations.

I found it interesting that such an organization exists. I’ll keep this post short. If you’re interested, just visit their site. By the way, Arcadia, Florida (near Sarasota, where we are) runs several rodeos.

(Photo by Daniel Lloyd Blunk-Fernandez on