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July/August 2014 Issue

Rustle up some fun for National Day of the Cowboy

Willie Nelson may have pleaded with mothers not to “let your babies grow up to be cowboys,” but organizers behind the 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy may have a bone to pick with him.

The National Day of the Cowboy nonprofit organization based in Prescott, Ariz., wants all things cowboy (and cowgirl) to be celebrated.

“Our mission is to contribute to the preservation of America’s cowboy and ranching heritage so that the history and culture can be shared and perpetuated for the public good through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and other community activities,” said Executive Director Bethany Braley.

And to help preserve America’s pioneer heritage and cowboy culture, a campaign is underway encouraging states to pass legislation naming the fourth Saturday of July (this year, July 26) as National Day of the Cowboy. So far, seven states–including Mississippi–have made the National Day of the Cowboy a permanent observance.

To celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy, consider a visit to Bandera, Texas, which bills itself as the Cowboy Capital. Located in Texas Hill Country about an hour from San Antonio, you might kick up some dust on a trail ride or chow down a chuckwagon meal.

National Day of the Cowboy events include a horse race in the afternoon and evening rodeo.

Western music and culture are available throughout the summer in Branson, Mo. Hear the iconic Sons of the Pioneers at the Baldknobbers Theatre now through Dec. 6.

This fall, the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival returns to Silver Dollar City theme park (Sept. 12 through Oct. 25). In addition to 125 visiting craftsmen, guests can see a new Wild West Show offered Wednesday–Sunday at the Red Gold Arena featuring trick riders and more.

Don’t miss Fred Woehl’s horse training demonstrations, Extreme Mustangs. Woehl, who lives in Harrison, Ark., has 35 years of experience training horses, and has worked with mustangs for 30 years. He says there’s a key to working with wild horses.

“Mustangs read body language better than any other horse,” he said. After the festival, the mustangs are available for adoption.

For information about the National Day of the Cowboy, visit www.nationaldayofthecowboy.com.

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Fred Woehl

Fred Woehl Silver Dollar City photo


 

AAA Travel events focus on rail, cruise

Learn about cruise and rail vacation options at several AAA Travel events planned for July and August. The events are free, but reservations are requested for planning purposes.

Grand Canyon Railway and AAA will hold the following events:

  • 6 p.m. on July 7 at the AAA Jackson office, 900 E. County Line Road. Reservations (601) 957-8484, ext. 0
  • 6 p.m. on July 8 at the AAA Baton Rouge office, 5454 Bluebonnet Road. Reservations (225) 293-1200, ext. 0
  • 6 p.m. on July 9 at the AAA Metairie office, 3445 N. Causeway Blvd. Reservations (504) 838-7500, ext. 0
  • 6 p.m. on July 10 at the AAA Slidell office, 1300 Gause Blvd. Reservations (985) 781-7068, ext. 0.
  • 6 p.m. on July 15 at the Shreveport office, 6570 Youree Drive. Reservations (318) 797-0262, ext. 0
    Princess Cruises and AAA will hold the following events:
  • 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the AAA Baton Rouge office, 5454 Bluebonnet Road. Reservations (225) 293-1200, ext. 0
  • 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the AAA Metairie office, 3445 N. Causeway Blvd. Reservations (504) 838-7500, ext. 0
  • 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the AAA Slidell office, 1300 Gause Blvd. Reservations (985) 781-7068, ext. 0.
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Doggies dig vacations

The latest edition of Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook is now available and includes new information, such as:

  • Listings of nearly 700 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants that welcome pets in outside dining areas.
  • List of 300 dog parks in and around popular travel destinations across the U.S. and Canada.

The annual guide also lists AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels, pet-friendly campgrounds and national public lands, and attractions that allow pets.

Pick up the latest edition of AAA’s Petbook at your AAA full-service office. Retail price: $18.95; AAA member price, $12.95.

PetBook

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