National Cowboy Day Celebration at the Museum


Pictured above is 1-year-old Cameron Jantz, grandson of Bastrop resident Robin Schneider, posing for the Lil Rider Photoshoot 

Put on your chaps and hats, boots and bonnets, and head over to the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center for a rootin’-tootin’ celebration of National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 27th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  This year’s face of the National Day of the Cowboy event is fifth-generation Bastropian and celebrated third-generation African American cowboy, Ishmael Harris. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants can experience the rich traditions of the Texas cowboy, cowgirl, and vaquero with a lineup of exciting activities:

  • Authentic Cowboy Poetry: Hear the tales and legends of the Wild West as authentic Texas cowboys recite poetry that captures the spirit of the frontier and discuss their own cowboy lives.
  • Lasso Roping: Watch cowboy Ishmael Harris rope the giant tortoise sculpture, Poco, in front of the Museum, then try your own hand at lassoing.
  • Cowboy Puppet Show for All: Delight your little buckaroos (and yourself) with a special puppet show featuring cowboy-themed stories and characters.
  • Big Screen Showing of "Workin’ From Can't to Can't" and Rodeo Dog Lunch: Watch the award-winning documentary that chronicles the lives and legacies of Texas' first Black cowboys and enjoy a discounted hot dog from Dugson Dogs, the hot dog street cart vendor. This powerful film, archived at the Texas Museum of Moving Images, sheds light on an important chapter of Texas history.
  • Cowboy Songs Sing-Along: Join in a lively sing-along of classic cowboy songs that have been passed down through generations.
  • Cowboy Corner: A fun and engaging activities table for the kiddos to learn about cowboy culture and pioneer heritage.
  • Campfire Storytelling: Gather 'round for captivating stories told by seasoned storytellers, bringing the cowboy era to life.
  • Lil Rider Drawing and Photo Shoot: Come in earlier in the week to enter a drawing for a free child’s cowboy hat, then bring the little ones in on Saturday to ride a horse saddle stand while parents and grandparents take memorable photos.
  • Free 'Cowboy' Caricatures: Sit in the cool comfort of the Museum lobby and get your souvenir portrait drawn for free.

This event is free and open to the public. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to don their favorite cowboy gear to fully embrace the spirit of the day. Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy in the coolness of the Bastrop Museum, where the history of the Lone Star State is preserved and celebrated.

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the cowboy way of life in the heart of Bastrop. Mark your calendars, gather your family and friends, and come celebrate National Cowboy Day with us!

For more information, please contact the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center at 512-303-0904