Fort Worth celebrates its cowboys

July 3, 2016 by  

Residents in the DFW area are getting ready for the Fort Worth Stockyards National Day of the American Cowboy. The all-day event features authentic Old West contests and activities that celebrate the most iconic of American traditions.

The day starts off with an authentic cattle drive that will end up in the center of the stockyards. Visitors can see modern cowboys driving the cattle to market as they have done for generations.

After the cattle drive there will be a Western-style parade that will run through the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. To give the procession an authentic feel, horse-drawn entries are preferred, with motorized vehicles only being allowed in at the parade committee’s discretion. Also, only Western wear such as cowboy hats and boots are allowed to be worn by parade participants. Spaces in the parade are still available, and interested parties can download business forms off the Stockyards’ website to register their entry.

Afterwards, there will be a small festival and celebration with some traditional Old West games including cow chip throwing, a cow milking contest, hay stacking, watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, rib eating, and tip-to-tip guessing. All contests and games are open to the public.

The National Day of the American Cowboy will take place on July 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Stockyard Station, located at 130 E. Exchange Ave. Admission to the event is free. Anyone interested in more information should visit the website.