Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary
1867 - 2017
Kansas Cattle Town Celebrations
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2017 Event Schedule - Abilene
Joseph McCoy's idea was a new one:
Bring the cattlemen and the buyers together out on the plains. Abilene soon became the center for the Texas cattle market and one of the West's most notorious "wild & woolly" towns. There was no end to the celebration as Cowboys took over the town, shooting and yelling with wild abandon.
It was a Cowboy's holiday until Marshal Tom Smith tamed the town with his bare fists! Wild Bill Hickok walked these streets and the quickness of his gun is still talked about today. At the Dickinson County Heritage Center, his gun is still on display.
In Abilene, you'll face the past that was the wellspring of the American cattle industry and the cowboys of legend and reality. A visit to Abilene is truly a celebration of History, Heroes and Hospitality!
July 22, 2017
National Day of the Cowboy
Story tellers, cowboy poets and western musicians pay homage to the day of the cowboy.
Dickinson County Heritage Center
August 2 - 5, 2017
Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo
The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, named one of the top 5 professional outdoor rodeos in America for 1995, 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2011; and the Top Large Outdoor Rodeo in the Prairie Circuit for 2003, brings you America's original extreme sport. The 2012 rodeo had a total number of 427 entries with a payout of $72,529.00. The 2013 rodeo had a total number of 468 entries with a payout of $78,109.00.
Dickinson County Fairgrounds
August 3 - 5, 2017
National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
Cowboy and Cowgirl Poets will "ride" against each other on-stage performing their best cowboy poetry which will be judged by a panel of five (5) judges, throwing out the high and low scores for a total score in each category. There will be two go-rounds with an average as in rodeo and their average scores will determine the Champions. The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is an event, fashioned after a stock rodeo, designed to pit the skills of one cowboy poet against the others, all having paid an entry fee to compete for prize money, trophy buckles and awards, with an ultimate goal to help further develop the talents for both stage presence and writing styles, all at the same time to provide an entertainment value to the audience.
Shockey and Landes Building
August 24 - October 17, 2017
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