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Flint Hills Discovery Center Celebrates National Day of the Cowboy



July 10, 2014
Are you ready to celebrate your inner cowboy and cowgirl? Dust off your boots and brush up your cowboy hat for a celebration of the cowboy spirit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center's National Day of the Cowboy event on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cowboy traditions have long been part of the American landscape and culture and today's cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve this unique element of America's heritage. In July, 2005, National Day of the Cowboy was designated by the United States Congress and the Governor of Kansas to be celebrated on the fourth Saturday of July encouraging people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Saturday, July 26 will be the Flint Hills Discovery Center's first annual event for the National Day of the Cowboy celebration.

Activities include stick pony barrel racing, branding and roping for kids, buckboard rides, bull riding, rodeo clowns and bullfighters, music by the Oldtimers Band and food vending by Cox Brothers BBQ. Ron Wilson and Glenn Brunkow will share cowboy poetry and Jim Gray, Tom Moxley and Jan Lyons will tell stories of ranching and trail driving. Mayor Wynn Butler will be present at the start of the event to read an official proclamation issued on behalf of the City of Manhattan. Regular Flint Hills Discovery Center admission fees apply: Adults $9, Military, Seniors, Educators, College Students $7, Youth ages 2-17 $4.

Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, Kansas, the Flint Hills Discovery Center celebrates the importance of the geology, ecology, and cultural history of the Flint Hills region and North America's last stand of tallgrass prairie. For more information about the Flint Hills Discovery Center's exhibitions, programs and special events, go online to www.flinthillsdiscovery.org, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan.

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