Sedona AZ (July 21, 2012) – Join the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration, a free Arizona Centennial Official Event in beautiful Sedona, Arizona on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM presented by the Sedona Main Street Program and the Red Rock Posse. Park your car, tie up your horse, put the buggy in the barn and let your boots start walkin’.
The National Day of the Cowboy was established in 2005 to honor and celebrate the character and values of the American Cowboy – honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, patriotism, and a strong work ethic. There will be “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on” along State Route 89A in uptown Sedona and at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village on State Route 179, thanks to generous sponsors, contributors, businesses and volunteers.
Gunfights and Wild West performances by the Red Rock Posse will take place beginning at 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the Cowboy Arena in front of Red Rock Western Jeep Tours on Apple Avenue. The 2012 World Champion Cowboy Action Shooters, Sedona siblings Jessica and Cody Kirkham, will be honored at the Cowboy Arena. The Kirkham’s will be demonstratin’ fine shootin’ action with the Red Rock Posse.
Between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, see Wyatt Earp – a tribute to the legend by his great nephew, plus quick draw competitions, bull whip crackin’ and roping. Try your hand at roping, with or without a bit of cowboy instruction.
Latigo, a country band with the right chemistry and sound to get your boots scootin’ to the latest country songs will be playing throughout the afternoon. Take a chance on winning special cowboy memorabilia, then, find Cowboy Bob singing and playing guitar - he will be outside near the Sedona Movie Museum.
On the corner of State Route 89A and Forest Road at Cheers Plaza, visit with the talented cowgirls of Southwest Arizona Sisters from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. These cowgirls represent a premiere equestrian non-profit, better known as SASI, that looks for opportunities to promote the great state of Arizona and the values of the western lifestyle. All are accomplished horsewomen from Phoenix who have worked with some of the best in rodeo.
Also at Cheers Plaza, meet the Arizona Rangers-Verde Valley Company between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The Rangers keep alive the traditions of the Old West. Learn about the history of the Arizona Rangers, an unpaid, all volunteer, law enforcement support and assistance civilian auxiliary who work to preserve the tradition, honor, and history of the 1901-1909 Arizona Rangers. Head on back to Cheers Plaza at 6:00 PM for Line Dancing and a bit of instruction with Jack Hillman until 8:00 PM.
SedonaEye.com Four Paws Up Star Columnist, Harley McGuire, asks that you visit with a Cowboy’s Best Friend from 9:00 AM until Noon in Sinagua Plaza, uptown. The Sedona Humane Society will bring a few of Harley’s mates by to meet you – and all are yearning for a loving home. As Harley says, “You, too, might adopt a star just like mom did with me!”
The Canyon Trails Cowboy Band will be entertaining north of State Route 89A and Jordan Road. This six piece band features five vocalists who harmonize regularly at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church in Sedona.
Boots and Bustles Old West Social Club will be visiting with folks on the sidewalks along SR 89A. Dressed in period costumes, the Social Club will join you in photographs and answer questions about the day’s activities.
Tex Wagner & Emmylou Dolly Lorretta South perform at Made In Arizona in Oak Creek Marketplace from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Straight from the heartland of country music, Tex & Emmylou (local talents Tom & Shondra) entertain with good ole rip roarin’, knee slappin’, toe tappin’ country tunes and lots of audience participation. There will be cowboys and saloon girls at the wine bar, ring tosses around cowboy boots for prizes, and an occasional hold-up from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
Harpy Trails will entertain from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM in uptown’s Sedona Arts Center on SR 89A. Ken and Lyn Mikell play a wide range of traditional music, with particular attention to the Celtic roots of cowboy music. From old time trail songs to the golden era of the radio and silver screen cowboy, the music of the Old World found a home at the hearths and campfires of the Old West.
While at the Sedona Arts Center, don’t miss Sedona artists at work in its gallery and exhibition hall and be sure to see the Joe Beeler Exhibit. Beeler was a Sedona artist and founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America who lived the cowboy code of ethics and was beloved by all.
Bladesmith Ray Rybar of Camp Verde is one of the world’s 100 top makers of forged blades. He will demonstrate the art of knife making from 10:00 AM throughout the day in uptown.
National Harmony Yodeling Champions and members of the Blazin’ M Ranch Cowboy Band will give a complimentary performance from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM with Songs of the Old West and classic country tunes. Later, listen as the Tor Brothers of Sedona put a modern spin on country music in their debut. The ever popular Sammy Davis Band will be performing from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM for night owls.
Catch sight of gun, rope and whip tricks by Rock Holliday, High Noon to dusk, along the sidewalks from Cowboy Corral to Cowboy Club.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is hosting the Leather & Lace Gunslinging Show, an action-packed fist fighting, gun fighting, Wild West performance. Show times will be at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM at Calle Independencia. The Coyote Brothers will be entertaining from Noon until 3:00 PM at Patio del Norte and the Two-bit Shotgun Band, a five piece country group from Phoenix, will play from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Calle Independencia.
Tlaquepaque will also showcase author Joe McNeill signing copies of his book Arizona’s Little Hollywood: Sedona and Northern Arizona’s Forgotten Film History 1923-1973 and, in support of the effort to build a Sedona film history museum, Tlaquepaque offers a scavenger hunt for artifacts that will be displayed in the future Arizona’s Little Hollywood Museum. Be sure to visit the special effects makeup table, make a donation, and get your face painted with gunshot wounds or cowboy mustaches.
For cowpokes with gumption, ride the mechanical bull (proceeds donated to the Museum) and, for the little cowpokes, there will be a Wild West Wagon bouncer. Watch out for roaming zombie cowboys, creepy characters from the award-winning Zaki Gordon Institute film Dead West viewable in the Tlaquepaque Chapel from Noon to 4:00 PM every half hour.
The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in his new, original and family-friendly show The Facts Keep Gettin’ in the Way of the Story, a tribute to the Southwest’s cowboy spirit, at 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM inside Jordan Hall (air-conditioned) on the lower level of Wayside Chapel on SR 89A, north end of uptown Sedona. Each one-hour show features Peach’s original cowboy poetry, jokes, and historically-based stories illustrating the humor, heroism and hubris of some of the Southwest’s most colorful characters, both factual and fictional. His performances include material from the writings of Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble and a new poem, Climax Jim, the story of Rufus Nephews, one of Arizona’s most notorious – and least dangerous – outlaws.
Dave Rice Hearts Prairie Band followed by The Renegades are performing at The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Saloon in Sinagua Plaza. Robin Dean Salmon, an alt-country traditionalist on guitar and vocals, will perform at Tasting Arizona in Sinagua Plaza and Cactus Cats can be found between Taos Cantina and Sedona-The Early Years on SR 89A.
Print this Out and About Sedona Eye guide and come watch the cowboys, hoot and holler for the gunfights, chow down on good food, step out and dance to lively country music, watch great art and crafts in the making during Sedona Arizona’s National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. If you feel the Cowboy Spirit of the West move you, be sure to say “Howdy” to a stranger like you’ve known ‘em all your life!