Thursday, July 20, 2006
National Day of Cowboy July 22
The National Day of the Cowboy will be celebrated Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 23, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Boots and Spurs.
Boots and Spurs is located on Highway 178 in Red Banks.
Activities will include entertainment, food, drawings, a best dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest and lots more fun.
The National Day of the Cowboy organization is a nonprofit entity dedicated exclusively to contributing to the preservation of our Cowboy and Western heritage by bringing awareness to the National Day of the Cowboy, as proclaimed in the United States Senate in 2005.
The National Day of the Cowboy campaign, a campaign asking for a national day of recognition for the Cowboy and Cowgirl, was conceived by a magazine publisher who believed that the men and women at the core of our Western heritage should be honored and recognized for the substantial contributions they have made and continue to make to American history and Western culture.
In November 2004 the magazine asked Bethany Braley to organize and lead a formal campaign seeking a resolution in Congress which would officially recognize a “National Day of the Cowboy.” Braley contacted a former colleage in Washington, D.C., and subsequently contacted senators, representatives, state governors, individual sponsors, and numerous Western oriented organizations and associations, for the purpose of garnering support for the initiative. She also developed a petition which was posted on the American Cowboy website, on sponsor websites, and circulated at numerous Western themed events.
An enthusiastic sponsor was soon found in Wyoming’s U.S. Senator, Craig Thomas. Senator Thomas, with the aid of three of his congressional staff members (Cynthia Reed, Cameron Hardy, and Matt Jones), enlisted the bi-partisan support of six other senators; Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), James Inhofe (R-OK), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ken Salazar (D-CO.) and Mike Enzi (R-WY). Together they co-sponsored Resolution 85 which was introduced in the United States Senate on March 17, 2005. This original resolution was subsequently modified, eliminating a second National Day of the Cowboy from its text.
The new resolution became Resolution 138, which passed in the Senate on May 12, 2005, naming July 23, 2005, the first official National Day of the Cowboy.
The final National Day of the Cowboy resolution, Senate Resolution 138, was sponsored by Senator Craig Thomas(R-WY), and co-sponsored by Senators Burns (R-MT), Inhofe (R-OK), Dorgan (D-ND), Crapo (R-ID), Salazar (D-CO), Enzi (R-WY) Allard (R-CO), Baucus (D-MT), Allen (R-VA), Stevens (R-AK), Martinez (R-FL), Bingaman (D-NM), and Craig (R-ID).
A few days prior to July 23, 2005, President Bush sent his letter of support for the National Day of the Cowboy to Senator Craig Thomas.
Nancy Mahon and Bethany Braley saw the official proclamation for a Day of the Cowboy as a day of unlimited possibilities for those engaged in cowboy culture and on June 3, 2005, they formed the National Day of the Cowboy organization.
The 2006 National Day of the Cowboy campaign asked that July 22, 2006, be proclaimed the second annual National Day of the Cowboy.
If the fourth Saturday in July is proclaimed by the Senate as the National Day of the Cowboy several years in a row, the Judiciary Committee will consider naming the fourth Saturday in July as the National Day of the Cowboy in perpetuity. A National Day of the Cowboy declared in perpetuity is, of course, the ultimate goal.
The National Day of the Cowboy Organization is working diligently to make everyone in America aware of this special day and the Cowboy and Western heritage that it honors.
National Day of the Cowboy Senate Resolutions 85 and 138
Senate Resolution 85 was the original “Cowboy” resolution introduced in the United States Senate on March 17, 2005 by Wyoming’s United States Senator, Craig Thomas. Resolution 85 was subsequently amended resulting in Senate Resolution 138. Resolution 138 was approved on May 12, 2005, naming Saturday July 23, 2005, as the First National Day of the Cowboy.
Jerry Bolden Marshall County “Cowboy”
Marshall County has its own legendary “cowboy” in Jerry Bolden. Bolden, who is with J Bar B Rodeo Company, is a longtime rodeo producer and supporter.
Actively involved with the IPRA, Bolden supplies livestock to many area rodeos, in addtition to producing.
Locally, Bolden is best known for the Knotty Bolden Memorial Rodeo, a tribute to his brother, Knotty Bolden, who was killed in a bull riding accident while training. The Knotty Bolden Rodeo draws cowboys, cowgirls and fans from all across the USA.
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