The 12th National Day of the Cowboy was celebrated July 23 at Cashman’s Horse Equipment Outlet & Drive Thru Feed Store on US 42 north of Delaware, where members of Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club held their eighth annual recognition of the pioneering men and women, popularly known as cowboys, that helped establish America’s frontiers.
Sunbury Halter & Saddle’s earliest venue for the celebration had been JR Smith Park in Sunbury, then they moved to Sunbury’s Freedom Park on S.R. 61, behind Sunbury Church of the Nazarene. Last year members of the club moved their Cowboy Day celebration to Cashman’s, a venue with an equestrian ring being a more appropriate cowboy setting.
Unfortunately, with last weekend’s high temperatures, members of the club decided to eliminate horse events from this year’s Cowboy Day celebration and opted for a simple afternoon of cowboy poetry and contests – like who had the most worn out pair of cowboy boots (Evan Thiergartner) or the oldest looking cowboy hat (Joel Bauman). The afternoon also included apple bobbing, roping, and a potluck dinner.
The word cowboy brings different images to each individual, but the National Day of the Cowboy website notes that the cowboy archetype transcends gender, generations, ethnicity, geographic boundaries, and political affiliation; the word cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, and determination; and the cowboy spirit exemplifies patriotism, strength of character, and stewardship.
For additional information about The National Day of the Cowboy go to < nationaldayofthecowboy.com >.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093