Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chuck wagon, donkeys, cowboys and a bit of American history

Did you know that the Fourth Annual National Day of the American Cowboy is being celebrated this month? The first national observance was on July 23, 2005 as a way to acknowledge and preserve the heritage, history, and culture of America’s Cowboy. [see to learn more]

Celebrate National Cowboy Day on July 19 in downtown Chelsea
The official date this year is July 26, but you can celebrate a little early here in Chelsea thanks to the Mule Skinner Boot Shop. Our local Cowboy Day celebration takes place on Saturday, July 19 from 10am until 2pm. The event features an authentic chuck wagon, miniature donkeys, and real cowboys and cowgirls. So dust off your boots and shine up your spurs and head on downtown to celebrate the cowboys who helped make this country great.

See event details: National Cowboy Day Celebration


julies whimsies on a rose said...

National COWBOY DAY?!!!
wow. I'm underwhelmed.! If Mule Skinner carried English riding boots, THAT would be exciting. There is a lot of fiction behind the facts as far as COWBOYS are concerned. Just go behind the stands at a rodeo, and watch how REAL cowboys and girls mistreat their horses.

Leslie said...

It may be underwhelming if it's part of your every day life. But as a person who grew up in the middle of suburbia now raising kids who know more about computers than horses, this kind of event is a lot of fun for us. It also encourages my kids to ask questions like "What IS a chuck wagon anyhow?" Which opens up a whole conversation about American history, when our great-great-(great?) grandparents travelled across the entire country on foot. (Can you imagine? It sure would put our complaints about the price of gas into perspective!). And how real cowboys don't just do lasso tricks at the fair, but they have a very important job to do with those ropes and horses.

I love the cultural and professional diversity of Chelsea, in that you can find everyone from goat farmers to engineers to artists and everything I can think of. You just didn't get these kinds of activities in my home town when I was a kid -- everyone kind of lived in the same kind of house, had the same kind of job, shopped at the same stores for the same kinds of things. We would have to go a long way from home to find any kind of cowboy boots ... much less an authentic chuck wagon or real donkeys. LMAO. So I think it's awesome. Hence my enthusiastic post about it. -g-

Anonymous said...

Wow. You get slammed for Hillary Clinton AND Cowboy day.

julies whimsies on a rose said...

leslie...I am leaving you and your kids an open invitation to visit at the farm where I keep my REAL horse. They might even get a chance to ride a REAL horse. Believe it or not, you don't have to go far to find out that you LIVE in horse country. I worked for several months on a working ranch in Wyoming many years ago. The REAL cowboys and cowgirls run their horses ragged. They treat their horses as you and I would treat an old piece of equipment. They beat them...and when they are no longer useful, they send them to auction where most go to slaughter. That is the reality. If you want to daydream about the real West, just sit down and watch a Roy Rogers movie with your kids. Then sit down at dinner and fill them up with good old dead animal flesh. I grew up in a suburb of Indianapolis and sat on a horse for lessons for the first time at age six, before I got my first horse at age 8. In my opinion, have the kids EXPERIENCE the real thing. I brought my own kids up on a farm before we moved to Chelsea many years ago. That was the real deal. I am just pointing out that you experience nothing by watching traveling "cowboys" at a street show in Chelsea. There was a Documentary done by HBO on an all too real cowboy. He lived a very sad the end lonely and unhappy. If you would like to come out just leave me a message on the blog or e-mail me at

Leslie said...

Thanks for the invitation! I understand what you're saying, and am very sensitive to animal safety and well being. That said, I'm doing my best to promote small family owned businesses here Chelsea. It's my little part to encourage people to get downtown, participate in community events and not sit at home and order boots or books from or Walmart whenever they can. Know what I mean?

I appreciate your comments. It's nice to know someone is out there. :)

julies whimsies on a rose said...

Leslie, I think your blog is WONDERFUL! Stoney Acres Farms is ALSO a small business in Chelsea. You are welcome to bring your kids out anytime...just leave a message at
This year Stoney acres had 4 horses and a rider acting as a color guard for the American legion. We had a riderless horse with boots on backward to honor the fallen soldiers. Someone from somewhere video-taped us. I would love to find out who that was. The Chelsea Standard did not even take a photo, after they were told that this was going to be a new tradition in the Chelsea Fair Parade. It's not like we expected or have anything to gain through the media. We stood up. Ther's value in that.