September 2012 Events


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Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West


Beginner Horsemanship
& Confidence Building Seminar

Gila, NM, September 2-7: This program’s goal is to teach you skills to help improve horse control, such as round pen techniques and trail riding.
575-535-2048 •

Ghosts Of Fort Reno Tour

El Reno, OK, September 15: Researchers share the ghost stories and unsolved mysteries of this historic 1875 Indian Territory post.
405-262-3987 •

Range Creek Archaeology Trip

Green River, UT, September 15-16: Tour Fremont rock art and archaeological sites along remote Range Creek in the Book Cliffs region.
800-860-5262 •

Cowgirl Up At The Bar W

Whitefish, MT, September 23-29: Days of cattle work and fly-fishing, plus spa treatments, Montana home cooking and Country dancing.
866-828-2900 •


Wild Horse And Burro Adoptions

Rock Springs, WY, September 15: Wild horses and burros from Western states are offered up for adoption to folks who will provide long-term care.
866-468-7826 •


Buffalo Bill Art Show And Sale

Cody, WY, September 21-22: Painter Buckeye Blake is the honored artist for this year’s exhibition and sale of Western-themed fine art.
888-598-8119 •


Premiere Firearms Auction

Rock Island, IL, September 7-9: Bob Dalton’s Army Colt is among the historic Colts, Winchesters and flintlocks up for bid.
800-238-8022 •

Jackson Hole Art Auction

Jackson Hole, WY, September 15: Bid on Western art by masters such as Oscar Berninghaus and Frank Tenney Johnson.
866-549-9278 •


Miss New Mexico Saloon Girl Contest

Eagle Nest, NM, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Saloon girl costume competition, hoedown dance and door prizes at the historic 1898 saloon.
800-821-2093 •

Rendezvous Of The Gunfighters

Tombstone, AZ, September 1-3: Gunfighter re-enactment groups from across the nation compete and perform on historic Allen Street.
520-457-3548 •


Rendezvous Royale

Cody, WY, September 19-22: Features the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Buffalo Bill Historical Center Patrons Ball and Cody High Style show.
888-598-8119 •

Cattle Baron’s Ball

Southfork Ranch, Parker, TX, September 29: This fundraiser, with featured artist Blake Shelton, benefits the American Cancer Society.
214-443-9222 •


Wagon Days

Ketchum, ID, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Mining heritage events include a Blackjack Ketchum shoot-out and a Big Hitch Parade, with its 16-draft mule jerkline.
208-726-3423 •

Fort Bridger Rendezvous

Fort Bridger, WY, Aug. 31-Sept. 3: The 1842 fort hosts a living history celebration of the Rocky Mountain fur trade rendezvous held from 1825-40.
435-213-5133 •

Buffalo Bill Days Festival

Leavenworth, KS, September 7-8: Enjoy historical re-enactors, outhouse races, beard and mustache contest, live music and barbecue.
913-682-3924 •

Hells Canyon Mule Days

Enterprise, OR, September 7-9: Pay tribute to the tough pack animal at the mule clinic, sale, races and living history events.
888-323-3271 •

Chokecherry Festival

Lewistown, MT, September 8: Meriwether Lewis drank chokecherry in tea; you can stomp the wild cherry or take part in pit-spitting contests.
866-912-3980 •

Western Fall Fest

Duncan, OK, September 14-16: This celebration of the nation’s largest cattle migration includes a longhorn cattle drive, music and re-enactments.
800-782-7167 •

Fort Bayard Days

Silver City, NM, September 21-22: Celebrates Buffalo Soldiers history with guided tours of the 1866 fort and its museum, plus a military ball.
575-956-3294 •

Western Heritage Weekend

Bartlesville/Dewey, OK, September 22-23: Enjoy the Wild West show in Bartlesville and a festival in Dewey giving tribute to Westerns actor Tom Mix.
877-273-2007 •

Wild West Show

Olathe, KS, September 22-23: The Santa Fe Trail’s 1865 stagecoach stop hosts an Annie Oakley re-enactor, gold panning and more.
913-971-5111 •


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Golden, CO, September 23: Spend the day with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley living historians, plus learn about Civil War cannon.
303-526-0744 •

Austin Museum Day

Austin, TX, September 23: Explore participating Austin-area museums for free and take part in activities that share the city’s Old West history.
800-926-2282 •


Badger Clark Hometown
Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering

Hot Springs, SD, September 21-22: Cowboy poetry performers keep up the  custom forged by the state’s first poet laureate.
800-325-6991 •

Fort Worth Music Festival

Fort Worth, TX, September 28-29: Performances celebrate the city’s diverse musical heritage, plus features an art and gear trade show.
817-392-7469 •


Traditional Inter-Tribal Powwow

Topeka, KS, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Celebrates American Indian heritage with all-day dancing and drumming, plus native food and crafts.
785-272-5489 •

Standing Bear Powwow

Ponca City, OK, September 28-29: An inter-tribal powwow with dancing, drumming, singing, pageantry and American Indian arts and crafts.
580-762-1514 •


Younger Brothers Capture

Madelia, MN, September 15: Re-enacts the 1876 capture of Younger Brothers and Charlie Pitts to honor heroism of Madelia’s Magnificent Seven.
888-941-7283 •


Elk City’s Rodeo Of Champions

Elk City, OK, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: This PRCA rodeo includes calf roping, steer wrestling and bullfighting, plus Old West re-enactments.
800-280-0207 •

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo

Amarillo, TX, September 1-2: Features the rodeo talents of the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s, ages 3 to 18, plus a free barbecue lunch.
800-687-3722 •

Ak-Sar-Ben’s River  City Rodeo & Stock Show

Omaha, NE, September 27-30: This PRCA rodeo and stock show features a barbecue contest, rodeo parade, trail rides and musical concerts.
402-554-9600 •

Wild West Fest

Red Bluff, CA, September 27-30: Spiritual cowboy gathering includes singing androdeo arena events like skeet shooting and team penning.
530-529-3700 •


All American Gun & Western Collectible Show

Ruidoso, NM, September 1-2: Trade show of guns, jewelry, cowboy gear, such as spurs and saddles, and American Indian relics.

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