Cowboy Day ’12 held Saturday at Freedom Park
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
The Eighth National Day of the Cowboy was celebrated last Saturday, July 28; and members of Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club held their fourth annual recognition of the pioneering men and women, popularly known as cowboys, that helped establish America’s frontiers.
Sunbury Halter & Saddle’s past venues for the celebration had been JR Smith Park in Sunbury, but last year they found a new home – Sunbury’s Freedom Park on Ohio 61, behind Sunbury Church of the Nazarene.
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.
Saturday’s celebration at Freedom Park included games, children and adult contests, cowboy poetry, a roping demonstration, an historic reenactment of the Battle of the Little Big Horn by 4-H Club members, and a potluck dinner.
This year, instead of door prizes, each person brought an item for a soldier that Lisa, Evan and Lauren Thiergartner will send to soldiers through the club’s August Soldier Community Service Project
“We had a great turnout,” Allen said. “I think it was a fun day for the club’s children and their families.”
For additional information about The National Day of the Cowboy go to < http://www.nationaldayofthecowboy.com/ > .
Code of The West
While there are many versions of the Code of the West, one of the best known is from James P. Owens’ book Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West:
• 1. Live each day with courage.
• 2. Take pride in your work.
• 3. Always finish what you start.
• 4. Do what has to be done.
• 5. Be tough, but fair.
• 6. When you make a promise, keep it.
• 7. Ride for the brand.
• 8. Talk less and say more.
• 9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
•10. Know where to draw the line.
Did you know that:
• Cowboy traditions have been part of the American landscape and culture since 1523.
• The cowboy continues to be an important part of the economy through the work of approximately 656,500 ranches in all 50 States.
• The annual attendance at rodeos exceeds 30,000,000 fans worldwide.
• The Battle of Little Big Horn (a.k.a. Custer’s Last Stand, Montana. June 25–26, 1876) was called the Battle of the Greasy Grass by Native Americans.
• The Pony Express began in St. Joseph, Missouri, taking 10 days to deliver mail 2,000 miles away to Sacramento, California, in the summer and 12 to 16 days for delivery of mail in the winter.
• The Pony Express Company had 80 riders who would carry the mail and deliver it to the next of the 100 stations along the way using 400 to 500 company horses.
• The fastest recorded delivery by Pony Express was 7 days and 17 hours to deliver President Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Address to California.
• The National Day of the Cowboy has been celebrated in Iraq and Afghanistan by United States troops, on the International Space Station, and in countries around the world where men and women mount horses and tend to ranches.