The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that The City of Dodge City and Ford County Kansas have both supported the National Day of the Cowboy Celebrations slated for July 27th 2013, by passing a proclamation this past Monday.
Mission and Purpose
The National Day of the Cowboy is a day set aside by the US Senate to pay homage to our Cowboy and Western heritage, as well as to honor working Cowboys and Cowgirls, rodeo athletes, Western musicians, Cowboy poets, Western artists, ranchers, and all others who continue to contribute to the Cowboy and Western culture in America today.
The mission of the National Day of the Cowboy is to contribute to the preservation of America's Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities.
Testimony was provided by five different supporters of National Day of the Cowboy to the Kansas House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee in March of this year. The bill will be revisited in the next up coming session.
The hope is to build enough national support for the day that it becomes proclaimed in perpetuity for the 4th Saturday in July. Locally, these efforts coincide with Dodge City Daysat the same time when we are already honoring our western heritage and all that this community was founded upon.
A Read ‘um cowboy event has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st at 2pm at the Dodge City Public Library. Activities include stories about cowboys, music and fun activities. All youth ages 0-5th grade.
The Dodge City Visitor’s Center will have a week long display to highlight National Day of the Cowboy. There is no doubt that Dodge City and Ford County make great efforts to preserve our cowboy heritage. The Dodge City Days celebrations fall during National Day of the Cowboy, and as part of the festivities, the Convention and Visitors Bureau have distributed over 1,000 ‘mini’ sized National Day of the Cowboy flags to line the streets of Dodge City on that day. Victory Electric aided the Convention and Visitors Bureau in providing banners to be displayed at Boot Hill Museum, Roundup Rodeo, Dodge City Public Library, and the Carnegie Center for the Arts. Flags also will be flown across the city at several attractions and public buildings that day.
The National Day of the Cowboy flag is a symbol intended to bring awareness to all that the Cowboys and Cowgirls do to contribute to our pioneer preservation. The flag now flies in twenty-four states and four countries. The flag was aboard the Discovery Space Shuttle where it went on a five million mile Wild West ride to the International Space Station.
Page 2 of 2 - In addition, the flag of the National Day of the Cowboy has flown with our troops, the ‘Desert Cowboys’, in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By displaying the flag, we are joining a group of cowboy and pioneer enthusiast throughout the world that recognize cowboys and cowgirls’ as a symbol of the grand history of the American west, and aiding in the preservation of cowboy history. In the words of former president George Bush, ‘the cowboys love of the land, and love of the country, are examples for all Americans. ’
Please join us in celebrating National Day of the Cowboy on July 27th