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WestFest & the National Day of the Cowboy

by Emily Hanawalt, festivals and markets intern | Jul 18, 2016

This year, the Eiteljorg WestFest falls on the fourth Saturday of July, which is the National Day of the Cowboy. The non-profit organization that supports the National Day of the Cowboy hopes 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, literature, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities.” Click here to find out more on their website.

This is similar to part of the Eiteljorg mission to “inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West.” The decision to have WestFest coincide with the National Day of the Cowboy on July 23 seemed like a natural choice. WestFest is about showcasing the diversity of the West and recreating an atmosphere that places visitors into the Old West through sights, smells and experiences while challenging some preconceived notions about all things Western. WestFest will include oxen, horses, a stagecoach, a chuck wagon, performances that paint a picture of a diverse West and more. As an added bonus, visitors can visit The Grand Canyon exhibit to enhance the feeling of being Outwest.

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Michael Smith performs at WestFest

Some performers include, buffalo hunter John Switzer, black cowboy and storyteller Michael Smith, and buffalo soldier Kevin McKoy.  Other entertainment includes performances by western swing band, The Farmer and Adele and trick roper, AJ Silver. The Eiteljorg invites you to immerse yourself in Western art, history and music at WestFest, July 23. Come celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy with us!

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