August 2014 Events

WR_Durango-Railfest_True-WestA Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West.

ADVENTURE

Wild West Balloon Festival

Cody, WY, August 1-3: Balloonists take off and participate in competitions such as the “Hound and Hare” race and “Pole Grab.”

307-527-7424 • IrmaHotel.com

Buffalo Bill Invitational Shoot-out

Cody, WY, August 7-9: Shooters compete in skeet, wobble skeet, trap, wobble trap, five stand and sporting clays shooting contests.

307-587-4771 • CenterOfTheWest.org

Prairie Sludge Trudge

Grand Island, NE, August 9: Endure all that the prairie has to offer by challenging an obstacle course covered in mud, muck and mayhem.

308-385-5316 • StuhrMuseum.org

Warrior & Warriorette High Plains Horse Race

New Town, ND, August 10-11: Men and women compete in an endurance race that includes a three-mile run, canoeing and a three-horse relay.

701-627-2243 • MHANation.com

True West Railfest

Durango, CO, August 14-17: Join True West at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a ride on the Presidential Train, a free showing of the movie Night Passage and a street dance featuring Durango’s own High Rollers Band.

888-872-4607 • DurangoTrain.com

Wagon Train

Kanab, UT, August 18-21: Travel southern Utah by covered wagon with Darby Hinton, who acted in ABC’s Wagon Train and NBC’s Daniel Boone.

435-644-3444 • WesternLegendsRoundup.com

ART SHOWS

Prix de West

Oklahoma City, OK, Closes August 3: Last chance to see more than 300 Western paintings and sculptures by contemporary Western artists in the nation.

405-478-2250 • NationalCowboyMuseum.com

America’s Horse in Art

Amarillo, TX, Opens August 16: Benefit sale of horses depicted in pencil, paintings and sculptures, with signature piece by Edgar Sotelo.

806-376-5181 • AQHAHallOfFame.com

Buckaroo Heritage Western Art Roundup

Winnemucca, NV, August 29-31: View buckaroo paintings, sculptures and cowboy gear at Buckaroo Hall of Fame founded by artist Carl F. Hammond.

541-573-2921 • BuckarooArtist.com

American West in Bronze

Denver, CO, Closes August 31: Showcases sculptures by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Paul Manship and works by about 20 other artists.

720-865-5000 • DenverArtMuseum.org

AUCTIONS

Historic Firearms

Manchester, NH, August 2: Historic firearms on the auction block could include Winchesters, Colts, sporting rifles and flintlock pistols.

603-627-7383 • Amoskeag-Auction.com

Auction in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM, August 17-18: Manitou Galleries auctions off Southwestern art, antique firearms and American Indian and cowboy collectibles.

307-635-0019 • AuctionInSantaFe.com

HERITAGE FESTIVALS

Dodge City Days

Dodge City, KS, July 25-August 3: Celebration includes a PRCA rodeo, barbecue contest, chuckwagon breakfast and Western art show.

620-227-3119 • DodgeCityDays.com

Scotts Bluff County Fair

Scotts Bluff, NE, August 1-9: Held since 1887, this county fair continues to celebrate the people, culture and traditions of Scotts Bluff County.

308-623-1828 • ScottsBluffCountyFairgrounds.com

Salute to Buffalo Soldiers Days

Tombstone, AZ, August 2-3: A celebration to salute the Buffalo Soldiers includes street entertainment, a parade and a car show.

520-457-3511 • ExploreCochise.com

Shoshone-Bannock Festival

Fort Hall, ID, August 7-10: Powwow competition, hand games, parade and feast are all hosted at reservation established by 1868 Fort Bridger treaty.

208-238-0680 • ShoshoneBannockTribes.com

Umatilla County Fair

Umatilla, OR, August 7-11: Celebrates a 1912 tradition with livestock auction and a parade that is themed “Fun for the Whole Herd.”

541-567-6121 • Co.Umatilla.OR.US

Kool-Aid Days Festival

Hastings, NE, August 8-10: Celebrates the 1927 invention of Nebraska’s official soft drink, featuring the world’s largest Kool-aid stand.

402-461-8405 • Kool-AidDays.com

Turquoise Buying Seminar

Santa Fe, NM, August 9: A demonstration of what to look for when buying authentic turquoise, held at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

505-476-1250 • IndianArtsAndCulture.org

Wasco County Fair

Tygh Valley, OR, August 14-17: Held since 1914, this county fair offers livestock exhibits, carnival rides, live entertainment and food vendors.

451-483-2288 • WascoFair.com

John Wesley Hardin Secret Society

El Paso, TX, August 16: John Wesley Hardin’s death in 1895 is re-enacted at historic Concordia Cemetery where the gunfighter is buried.

915-842-8200 • ConcordiaCemetery.org

High Plains Powwow

Rawlins, WY, August 30: Experience a significant event in American Indian culture and watch men, women and children share their ancient dance.

307-328-2740 • CarbonCountyMuseum.org

Celebrate Bandera

Bandera, TX, August 29-31: Bandera comes alive with music, gunfights, an intertribal powwow, a Wild West show and a mutton busting rodeo.

830-796-4447 • CelebrateBandera.com

Gold Rush Days

Sacramento, CA, Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Bringing you back to the historic district of the 1850s, this festival features dances, street dramas, wagon rides, gold panning, period artifacts, storytelling, craft making, the Embarcadero tent city, musicians and horse-drawn carriages.

916-808-7777 • SacramentoGoldRushDays.com

MUSIC & POETRY

Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

Prescott, AZ, August 7-9: Performers, including Dave Stamey, Mary Kaye and Kristyn Harris, bring their cowboy poetry to the stage.

928-713-6323 • AZCowboyPoets.org

Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous

Lewistown, MT, August 14-17: Celebrate Western heritage with poetry and music from Sons of the San Joaquin, Bob Petermann and others.

406-538-4575 • MontanaCowboyPoetryGathering.com

Western Legends Roundup

Kanab, Utah, August 21-24: Pays tribute to Cheyenne and other Westerns, plus you can meet movie stars Clint Walker and James Drury.

435-644-3444 • WesternLegendsRoundup.com

RE-ENACTMENT

Action Shooters

Kanab, UT, August 21-23: This 10-stage cowboy action shoot-out has Old West re-enactors demonstrate Old West law and order in Kanab.

435-644-3444 • WesternLegendsRoundup.com

RODEOS

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Dodge City, KS, July 29-August 3: This PRCA rodeo features saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

620-225-2244 • DodgeCityRoundup.org

Sheepherders Rodeo

Kaycee, WY, August 9: Crowd members participate in men’s hooking, women’s team hooking and kids mutton busting.

307-738-2444 • KayceeWyoming.org

World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Payson, AZ, Aug. 15-16: This rodeo, established in 1884, features steer wrestling, barrel racing and bronc riding, to benefit Rim Country charities.

928-474-9440 • PaysonProRodeo.com

Ellensburg Rodeo

Ellensburg, WA, Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Rodeo hosts the world finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour and a Western parade at the city’s rodeo fairgrounds.

800-637-2444 • EllensburgRodeo.com

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