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America celebrates National Day of the American Cowboy on July 25 with many towns and museums in the West planning parades and other festivities; explore some of Colorado’s unique historical main street communities at a new heritage travel Web site; and if you love cast iron cooking, get over to Nevada’s Cathedral Gorge State Park for its Fifth Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off on Sept. 12

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National Day of the American Cowboy' To Be Celebrated with Parades, Rodeos

If there is only one icon for the American West it would have to be the cowboy, and July 25 is the date for 2009's 5th annual observance of the National Day of the American Cowboy.

Towns, rodeos and museums all over the West will be marking the day with a variety of celebrations, ranging from parades to art exhibits - too many for us to mention here.

A sampling includes:

  • The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming will present the National Day of the American Cowboy in partnership with the Cody Enterprise, and the Cody Nite Rodeo. Observances include the "Little Pokes Rodeo" in the BBHC's Braum Garden, and entertainment provided by the Rockin' M Wranglers with a selection of authentic cowboy music. The day's events are free with admission to the BBHC. Visit www.bbhc.org/events/cowboyday.cfm for more information.

  • The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will offer visitors a variety of activities to mark the day. Visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org for more information.

  • Goldfield Ghost Town in Goldfield, Arizona is planning a parade, an Earp-Holliday Mustache & Beard Contest, a Fast Draw Showdown Shoot Out and a Cowgirl Fashion Show. Visit www.goldfieldghosttown.com for more information.

  • The Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, Texas will have a chuck wagon breakfast, a Cowboy General Store Market, the 2009 inductees to the Frontier Times Museum Texas Heroes Hall of Honor, an evening Cowboy Bar-b-Que with all the trimmings and the Frontier Times Ranch Rodeo. Visit www.frontiertimesmuseum.org for more information.

This year's U.S. Senate resolution designating July 25, 2009 as "National Day of the American Cowboy" also honored the late Senator Craig Thomas from Wyoming, a cowboy himself, who first sponsored a resolution to name the fourth Saturday in July as "National Day of the American Cowboy."

"Craig truly showed us what it meant to be a cowboy," said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi from Wyoming, who introduced this year's Senate resolution, along with John Barrasso, Wyoming's other U.S. Senator. "He knew that they come from all walks of life. Cowboys are men and women of any age, any race, and can be found across the country. The Cowboy Spirit isn't about boots and spurs and a hat. It's about strength of character, sound family values, courage, respect, and good common sense.

"Senator Thomas said, ‘Trying to define a cowboy is like trying to rope the wind, but you certainly recognize one when you see them.' It was easy to recognize that Senator Thomas truly was a Wyoming Cowboy in every sense of the word."

Nonprofit Group Launches Colorado Heritage Tours Web site

If you want to explore some of Colorado's unique main street communities to find historical attractions for your next vacation, check out the Colorado Main Street Community Web site to explore what the state has to offer.

The Colorado heritage tour website at
www.coloradoheritagetravel.org was launched by Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit membership organization committed to building better Colorado communities through educational and technical assistance.

The Web site helps visitors find attractions, such as historic buildings and districts, archaeological sites, museums, festivals and cultural landscapes.

"With walkable historic downtowns and beautifully preserved buildings, the Colorado Main Street communities provide the perfect starting point for visitors who want to explore the rich heritage of Colorado," said Katherine Correll, Executive Director of Downtown Colorado, Inc.

The Colorado Main Street Program is designed to revitalize traditional downtown districts within the context of historic preservation. The program uses an approach that advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.

To be designated a Main Street community, a town must demonstrate local readiness and support, submit an in-depth application, and make a presentation to the Colorado Main Street Selection committee.

Currently there are eight Main Street communities: Arvada, Berthoud, Brush, Granby, Greeley, Lake City, Monte Vista, and Steamboat Springs.

Cathedral Gorge State Park Readies 5th Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off

If you love cast iron cooking, get over to Nevada's Cathedral Gorge State Park for its Fifth Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.
Dutch oven cooking has been a popular method of cooking since colonial times. Dutch oven cook-offs are a popular and fun way to test cooking skills, share recipes and learn new cooking techniques.

The park's first Dutch oven cook-off was held in 2005 and has grown in interest and participation each year. There are 24 campsites available for overnight camping, as well as group sites or motels in Pioche and Caliente.

The cook-off is simple: Scout troops, 4-H clubs, families and individuals are invited to cook their best Dutch oven recipes. A fee of $5 per entry is charged for the chefs, to cover the cost of charcoal and dinnerware provided.

Judges and viewers will vote for the best dishes in each of four categories: meat/main dishes, breads, desserts and vegetable/side-dishes. The top winners in each category will win prizes such as Dutch ovens, cookbooks, accessories and gift certificates donated by businesses from southern Utah and Nevada.

The event will start for the public at 5:30 p.m. and run until the food is judged and prizes awarded. Chefs will need to start two hours earlier.

For more information, entry forms and rules, call the park office at (775) 728-4460, or e-mail
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The web site can be found at http://parks.nv.gov/cg.htm

Cathedral Gorge State Park is located in a long, narrow valley where erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. Trails abound for exploring the cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires. It is in eastern Nevada, one mile north of the intersection of US Highway 93 and State Route 319.