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 country in hosting a special event to honor the iconic American Cowboy on July 28, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Special to this year is the focus on the Hawaiian cowboy with the opening of a new exhibit titled “Hawaiian Cowboys” located in the American Cowboy Gallery.
“Here at the National Cowboy Museum we are proud to present the only permanent interpretive exhibition on the paniolo outside of the Hawaiian Islands,” said Don Reeves, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture. “The colorful and important heritage of the paniolo truly deserves to take its place alongside that of vaqueros, drovers, cowpunchers and buckaroos — the legendary cavalcade of American cattlemen known around the world simply as cowboys.”
In addition to the cowboy culture and Western art in the Museum’s galleries and gardens, visitors can expect extra entertainment throughout the day. 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, along with Western music artists Jim Garling from Guthrie and the A-Bar Bunkhouse Band from northeastern Oklahoma. Additionally, three screenings of James Garner’s Disney film “The Castaway Cowboy” will be aired at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Starting at 10 a.m., the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant contestants will be introduced, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the announcement of the newly crowned royalty. Twenty young ladies are vying for titles in four age divisions ranging from age 4-24. The 2011 and 2012 pageant titleholders will sign autographs from 2 p.m. to