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National Day of the American Cowboy

National Day of the American Cowboy in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
This month is the 9th annual National Day of the American Cowboy celebration in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. The event, Saturday, July 25, is listed as one of the top 5 best places to commemorate the day by American Cowboy Magazine. NDAC is a community-wide celebration of the cowboy and our Western heritage.
cowchip throwing 2-1.JPG    The party starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. It is a free family event that features cowboy karaoke, games (including a cow-chip throwing contest!) and more. All this is in addition to the twice daily cattle drive, and a special cowboy celebration parade at 11:30 a.m. Celebrate the history and heritage of the American Cowboy at an event that gives families and the general public the opportunity to experience and appreciate the role cowboys and cowgirls of all ethnicities have played and continue to play in everyday life.
When you’ve finished playing games and celebrating the Cowboy heritage, continue the fun at the many shops, restaurants, and activities in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Free activities include the cow-chip throwing contest, watermelon eating, a cow-milking contest, and watermelon seed spitting, among other things. See gunfight shows and a Riscky’s BBQ Rib Eating Contest all taking place along East Exchange Avenue, the lawn of the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building, the lawn of the Stockyards Visitor’s Center and Cowtown Coliseum.

20140726_143657_resized.jpgWHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2015 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Parade is at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: East Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

WHY: The Fort Worth Stockyards National Day of The American Cowboy is not only great entertainment but is also and educational event for people of all ages. Western authenticity for the entire weekend strengthens Fort Worth’s claim to some of the best Western heritage festivals in the country.


Ticketed Activities: World Championship Hay Stacking Competition, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., and the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at 8 p.m.
Sponsors include the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Stockyards Station, the American Paint Horse Association, the National Cutting Horse Association, Shannon Rose Funeral Chapel, the Amon Carter Museum, the College of Healthcare Professionals, Tandy Leather, and Storm Tight Windows.
For more information visit or call 817-625-9715.

NDAC Meador 2013 by Brian Hutson 003-1.jpegNational Day of the American Cowboy Schedule

10 a.m. World Championship Hay Stacking Contest– 3 man teams compete for $400 cash*

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Bill Picket Pictorial Exhibit– FREE. Learn about the life of the famous Bill Picket

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Cow Milking Contest – FREE. Whoever milks a cow the fastest wins a prize!

10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  Chuck Wagon Demonstration with Corn Hole Games- FREE. Learn about cooking on trails and the desert of the West while enjoying various games

11:30 a.m. Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive followed by the Cowboy Celebration Parade -FREE

watermelon ndac.JPGNoon. Watermelon Eating Contests – FREE. Eat your watermelon the fastest and you win!

Noon-1 p.m. “Tip to Tip” Guessing Contest- FREE. Guess the length of cattle horns and win a unique prize! Winners announced at 1 p.m.

Noon. Cowboy Karaoke- FREE. Sing your best country tunes and win some great prizes!

1-3 p.m. Quick Draw Cap Gun Contest- FREE. Are you the fastest draw in the West? Prove it!

1:30 p.m.  Watermelon seed Spitting Contest – FREE

1:30-2:30 p.m. Fort Worth Herd CowCamp – FREE. Learn to swing a rope and learn about life on the trail

1:30 p.m. Cow Chip Throwing Contest – FREE

2-3 p.m. Legends of Texas Live Performance- FREE

2:30-3:30 p.m. 1800s Historical Fashion Show – FREE

2:30 p.m. Riscky’s Rib Eating Contest – FIRST 20 CONTESTANTS. Eat finger lickin’ good ribs for prizes! MUST BE 18 YEARS AND OLDER

NDAC Meador 2013 by Brian Hutson 024-1.JPG4 p.m. Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive – FREE. Day comes to an end

*All contest winners will be announced at the conclusion of their contest. Must be present to win prizes.

Additional Events:

Pawnee Bill Wild West Show at Cowtown Coliseum at 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call 817-625-1025.

Bill Pickett History Wall Museum 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located inside the Cowtown Coliseum – free and open to the public

Everyone wearing a cowboy hat gets in free to Billy Bob’s Texas until 5 p.m.

Stockyards Rodeo in the Cowtown Coliseum at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information call 817-625-1025.

Legends of Texas gunfight shows at 11 a.m. & 4:15 p.m. inside Stockyards Station.

Plus Stagecoach rides, a Petting Zoo, Grapevine Vintage Railroad and more!