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National Day of the American Cowboy

Saddle up for National Day of the American Cowboy on Saturday, July 28th starting at 10 am hosted in the Stockyards National Historic District. Named the "Best Cowboy Tribute" event in the nation by Western lifestyle magazine, American Cowboy, you can expect to see the activities listed below. All events happen along East Exchange Avenue on the lawns of the Cowtown Coliseum & Livestock Exchange Building, inside Stockyards Station, and participating surrounding businesses like the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and Billy Bobs.

10 am-2 pm
Free activities:

Cow Milking Contest • Chuck Wagon Poetry • Quick Draw Contest • Rodeo Clown Panel • Face Painting • Cool Zone • Live Western Music 

10 am-11 am
Youth Fiddling Contest

10 am-11 am
Tip-to-tip Guessing Contest with the Fort Worth Herd - Free

11 am
Riscky's Rib Eating Contest - $5 pre-registration, $10 at the door

11:10 am
Mustache Contest - Free to enter

11:30 am
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive and Western Parade - Free

12 pm
Riscky's Rib Eating Finals - Open to those who made it in the last round.

12:30 PM
Legends of Texas Gunfight Show at Stockyards Station - Free

12:35 pm
Most Worn Boot Contest - Free to enter

1 pm-4 pm
Autumn and Tone Live Inside Stockyards Station at Chief Records - Free

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Behind the Scenes with the Fort Worth Herd behind the Livestock Exchange Building - Free

4 pm
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive - Free

4:15 pm
Legends of Texas Gunfight Show at Stockyards Station - Free

2:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Pawnee Bills Wild West Show Buy Tickets

10 am-5 pm
Free admission to Billy Bob's Texas with a cowboy hat

8 pm
Stockyards Championship Rodeo Buy Tickets

10 pm
Terri Clark Live at Billy Bob's Texas - Buy Tickets

If you'd like to become a sponsor, please download application here and contact Holly Conner at

If you'd like to join our Western Celebration Parade, download the application here and send to

Events are subject to change, be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates or contact the Visitor's Center at 817-625-9715

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Stockyards Public Improvement District Mahindra Frost Bank College of Healthcare Professions Springfree Trampoline Cook Children's Precision Landscaping M.L. Leddy's Sky Ranch Stockyards Station Cowtown Coliseum Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Stockyards Museum Mr. Stockyards Justin Boots Lucia Power, Joy Ann, Live Energy, David Boone

Earlier Event: July 27
Market on Exchange
Later Event: July 29
Market on Exchange