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National Day of the American Cowboy

in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

This month marks the 10th annual National Day of the American Cowboy celebration in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District on Saturday, July 23rd. The venue is listed as one of the top 5 places to commemorate the day by American Cowboy Magazine. NDAC is a community-wide celebration of the cowboy and our Western heritage.

The party starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. It is a free family event featuring 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. This is an opportunity to celebrate the history and heritage of the American Cowboy at an event that allows families and the general public to experience the role cowboys and cowgirls of all ethnicities have played and continue to play in everyday life.

NDAC Meador 2013 by Brian Hutson 156.JPGFree activities include many different games and contests like cow chip throwing, watermelon eating, cow milking, watermelon seed spitting, 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 the Cowtown Coliseum.

When you’ve finished taking your shot at watermelon seed spitting or cow milking, stick around and enjoy the many shops, restaurants, and activities in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016 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.


the herd in parade 1.jpegTicketed Activities: World Championship Hay Stacking Competition, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 p.m., and the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at 8 p.m.

Thanks in part to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Stockyards Heritage, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Cowtown Coliseum, and the Fort Worth Herd for bringing this event to life in their continuous efforts to preserve our Western heritage.

National Day of the American Cowboy Schedule

10 a.m. World Championship Hay Stacking Contest. 3 man teams compete for $1000 in cash prizes

9 a.m.- noon Bill Picket Pictorial Exhibit– FREE. Learn about the life of the famous Bill Picket (Inside Cowtown Coliseum)

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cow Milking Contest – FREE. Whoever milks a cow the fastest wins a prize!

10 a.m.- noon Chuck Wagon Demonstration- FREE. Learn about cooking on trails and the desert of the West

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

Noon Watermelon Eating Contest – 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.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cowboy Karaoke – FREE. Sing your best country tunes and win some great prizes!

Noon-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 Cow Camp – FREE. Learn to swing a rope and learn about life on the trail

2:30 p.m. Cow Chip Throwing Contest – 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

National Day of the Cowboy 47.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, and must be present to win prizes


Pawnee Bill Wild West Show at Cowtown Coliseum at 12:30, 2:30, & 4:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call 817-625-1025

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 noon & 4:15 p.m. inside Stockyards Station

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

For more information visit or call 817-625-9715.