Celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy would not be complete without special activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Museum joins venues across the country in hosting a special event to honor the iconic American Cowboy on July 27, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Special to this year is the focus on the Lone Ranger with a look at the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center’s collection of Lone Ranger artifacts. The first 300 guests will receive a Lone Ranger mask to wear throughout their visit.
In addition to the cowboy culture and Western art in the Museum’s galleries and gardens, visitors can expect extra entertainment throughout the day. Rodeo Opry of Oklahoma City will provide musical entertainment on the half-hours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Starting at 10 a.m. is the introduction of the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant contestants. Twelve ladies are vying for titles in four age divisions ranging from age 4-24. The 2012 and 2013 pageant titleholders will sign autographs from 2 to 3 p.m.
Additionally in the Museum classrooms, children can participate in a project to make a stick horse while supplies last. On the plaza, the Ward Family Trick Ropers will be on hand to demonstrate roping. Oklahoma County Mounted Sheriff’s Patrol will be a part of the activities again this year to greet guests as they enter the gates of the Museum.
American Cowboy magazine launched the campaign for this national day of recognition in 2004. Several permanent galleries at the Museum focus on cowboys including, the American Cowboy Gallery, the Western Performers Gallery and the American Rodeo Gallery.