Western Events for September 2016

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Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!

ART SHOWS

Locals First: Western Art of Jim Bagley & Jenny Gummersall
Durango, CO, September 1-30: See contemporary Western paintings by Jim Bagley and Americana-style photography by Jenny Gummersall.
970-247-3555 • SorrelSky.com

Bosque Art Classic
Clifton, TX, September 10-24: Cowboy Artists of America bronze sculptor Jason Scull directs the judging at this year’s juried art show.
254-675-3724 • BosqueArtsCenter.org

Museum of Western Art’s Art Sale and Expedition
Kerrville, TX, September 17: Shop and view art by contemporary Western artists, as well as take museum tours and eat a chuckwagon breakfast.
800-658-2548 • MuseumOfWesternArt.com

AUCTION

Rock Island Premiere Firearms Auction
Rock Island, IL, September 9-11:  Bid on collectible weapons from the Robert M. Lee firearms collection, as well as the above recently discovered national treasure, the J. Russell & Co. hunting knife that was presented to President Theodore Roosevelt.
800-238-8022 • RockIslandAuction.com

HERITAGE FESTIVALS

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Wagon Days
Ketchum, ID, August 22-September 5: Features one of the largest non-motorized parades in the Pacific Northwest, plus wagons and stagecoaches.
208-726-2777• WagonDays.org

Elko County Fair & Horse Races
Elko, NV, August 26- September 5: Elko County residents pay tribute to their pioneer heritage with livestock shows and horse races.
800-248-3556 • ExploreElko.com

Winnemucca Tri-County Fair & Stampede
Winnemucca, NV, September 1-4: Locals in Winnemucca and its surrounding counties gather to honor their cowboy heritage and culture.
800-962-2638 • Winnemucca.com

South Dakota State Fair
Huron, SD, September 1-5: Watch Cowboy Mounted Shooting, an antique tractor show and musical performances by Dwight Yoakam and others.
605-353-7340 • TravelSouthDakota.com

Celebrate Bandera
Bandera, TX, September 2-4: Bandera comes alive with music, gunfights, an intertribal powwow, a Wild West show and a mutton busting rodeo.
970-247-3555 • CelebrateBandera.com

Old West Cowboy Days
Ottawa, KS, September 2-4: Celebrates cowboy culture with a Main Street cattle drive, bourbon train ride and a Texas Hold ’em tournament.
785-423-1585 • Facebook.com/Ottawa-Cowboy-Days 

Gold Rush Days
Sacramento, CA, September 2-5: Go back in time to 1850 Sacramento where you can pan for gold, gamble and drink sarsaparilla.
800-292-2334 • SacramentoGoldRushDays.com

Fiesta de Septiembre
Wickenburg, AZ, September 3: Mariachi music, folklorico dances and an outdoor mercado liven up this Hispanic pioneer heritage festival.
928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com

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Old West Balloon Fest
Scottsbluff, NE, September 3-5: Spectators gather to watch hot air balloons rise above this 1899 railroad town named after its famous landmark bluff, towering above the North Platte.
800-687-3722 • VisitScottsbluff.com

Studebaker Car Show
Custer, SD, September 4: The oldest town founded in the Black Hills welcomes car enthusiasts for a street show of stock and modified Studebaker and Packard vehicles.
605-673-2244 • VisitCuster.com

Hells Canyon Mule Days
Enterprise, OR, September 9-11: This mule show and sale features an Old World Oxen living history camp, plus cowboy music, poetry and art.
325-677-4376 • HellsCanyonMuleDays.com

Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally & Badland Kite Fest
Medora, ND, September 10-11: Balloon and kite enthusiasts gather to soar over the South Dakota Badlands as spectators enjoy the view.
701-623-4830 • Medora.com

Happy Canyon Indian Pageant & Wild West Show
Pendleton, OR, September 14-17: The outdoor “Pageant of the West” show honors American Indian heritage and the settling of the West.
800-457-6336 • HappyCanyon.com

Harvest Festival
Gering, NE, September 17-18: Honors Nebraska’s agricultural history with parades and demonstrations at Legacy of the Plains Museum.
308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org

Territorial Days
Tombstone, AZ, September 17-18: Experience Tombstone’s territorial history with a military encampment, chuckwagon cook-off and grand ball.
888-457-3929 • TombstoneForward.com

Annual Bivoac & National Calvary Competition
El Reno, OK, September 21-24: Thundering hooves, gleaming sabers and the call of the bugle charge all return to the 1875 post, Fort Reno.
405-262-3987 • USCalvary.org

MUSIC & POETRY

National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration
Lubbock, TX, September 9-11: Celebrate cowboy culture at one of the West’s biggest chuckwagon cook-offs, plus enjoy cowboy music and poetry.
806-798-7825 • Cowboy.org

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
Franklin, TN, September 24-25: Hall & Oates, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne and other Country artists perform at this music and cultural festival.
PilgrimageFestival.com

RE-ENACTMENTS

Defeat of Jesse James Days
Northfield, MN, September 7-11: Celebrate the town heroes who stopped the Jesse James
Gang during their famous 1876 bank raid.
800-658-2548 • DJJD.org

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
Santa Fe, NM, September 17-18: A 1700s ranch-turned-living history museum celebrates the Renaissance with sword fights and Irish dances.
505-471-2261 • Golondrinas.org

RODEOS

Bull Riding & Ranch Bronc
Winner, SD, September 3: Riders go head to head for the purse in bronc and bull competitions while kids compete in mutton busting and horse races.
605-842-1533 • TravelSouthDakota.com

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo
Amarillo, TX, September 3-4: Features the rodeo talents of the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s, ages three to 18, plus a free barbecue lunch.
800-687-3722 • CalFarley.org

West Texas Fair & Rodeo
Abilene, TX, September 8-17: West Texas cowboys and cowgirls head to this PRCA rodeo that also features a tractor pull and a carnival.
325-677-4376 • TaylorCountyExpoCenter.com

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, OR, September 14-17: A PRCA rodeo with cowboy concerts, Indian relay races, the Happy Canyon festival and a rodeo parade.
800-457-6336 • PendletonRoundUp.com

Navajo County Fair & Rodeo
Holbrook, AZ, September 14-18: Navajo County draws PRCA talent to its rodeo that also features carnival rides and a demolition derby.
928-524-4757 • NavajoCountyFair.com

SHOOTING COMPETITION

Clays Crusher Fun Shoot
Artesia, NM, September 16-17: Shooting teams of five compete to shoot down the most sporting clays at a variety of challenging courses.
800-658-6251 • ArtesiaNM.com

What do you think?

Rhiannon Deremo

Online Content Editor at True West Magazine.