Catherine Page-Creppon – Director of PR & Museum Events E-mail: cpage@nationalcowboymuseum.org Phone: (405) 478-2250, Ext. 221 Fax: (405) 478-4714 National Cowboy Museum Celebrates National Day of the American Cowboy OKLAHOMA CITY — Celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy would not be complete without special activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Museum joins venues across the nation in hosting a special event to honor the iconic American Cowboy on July 23, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. “The cowboy is our nation’s greatest ambassador throughout the world, representing the most admired virtues of the American people,” said Don Reeves, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, on the popularity of the cowboy. Museum visitors can expect extra entertainment in addition to the cowboy culture and art routinely served up in the Museum's galleries and gardens. Visiting the Museum to sign autographs will be Oklahoma’s own Cowboy and “Amazing Race” contestant, Jet McCoy. Music entertainers will be cowboy singer/songwriter and past Western Heritage Award winner for Outstanding New Artist Gary S. Pratt and Picket Wire of Davis, Okla., along with Western music artists Jim Garling from Guthrie, Okla., and the A­ Bar Bunkhouse Band from northeastern Oklahoma. Additionally, three screenings of John Wayne’s feature film “The Cowboys” will be aired at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Starting at 10 a.m. is the introduction of the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant contestants, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the announcement of the newly crowned royalty. Seventeen young ladies are vying for titles in four age divisions ranging from age 4-24. The 2010 and 2011 pageant titleholders will sign autographs from 2 to 3 p.m. New this year, with each Museum admission receipt, guests can enter The Cowboy’s A-Blazin’ Race and receive a “Passport to the West” for a chance to win prizes. The passport will guide participants through the Museum with activities and educational questions. On the plaza, the Oklahoma State University Rodeo Team will be on hand to demonstrate roping and Master Bladesmith Brion Tomberlin, will demonstrate knife making. Brand-themed temporary tattoos will be available all day in the Children’s Cowboy Corral along with children’s storytelling at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oklahoma County Mounted Sheriff’s Patrol will be a part of the activities again this year to greet guests as they enter the gates of the Museum. American Cowboy magazine launched the campaign for this national day of recognition in 2004. Several permanent galleries at the Museum focus on cowboys including, the American Cowboy Gallery, the Western Performers Gallery and the American Rodeo Gallery. ### The National Cowboy Museum, America's Premier Western Heritage Museum, is supported through memberships and private and corporate donations. Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. For more information about the Museum or for a calendar of events, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250. Editor's Note: For high-resolution images to accompany this news release, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/mediapics. Click on the National Day of the American Cowboy subject title. After accepting Usage Agreement, select photo and follow the instructions at the top of the page to coincide with Mac or PC.