National Day of the Cowboy Celebration

National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Payson, AZ
July 23, 2022, by the Northern Gila County Historical Society

We celebrate the pioneering men and women known as cowboys who helped to settle America’s frontiers. The cowboy tradition embodies honesty, integrity, courage, and determination, as stewards of the land and its creatures.
The Northern Gila County Historical Society, the owner and operator of the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ is celebrating the contribution made by cowboys past and current. Activities are planned for the museum on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022, between 10am-4pm, located at 700 S. Green Valley Parkway in Payson.
Numerous activities are planned for the celebration, including:
• Free admissions to tour the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin replica
• Re-enactments of events involving Arizona Charlie Meadows and historic “Payson Dew”, the legendary moonshine. Performers are from Rim Country Re-enactors (formerly the Oxbow Outfit/Payson Petticoats)
• Traditional cowboy music performed live by the local artists Cinnamon Twist
• Storytelling for the kids – hear about cowboys in the Miss Julia’s classroom exhibit in the museum
• Meet and chat with a professional bull-riding rodeo cowboy at the rodeo exhibit in the museum
• Check out a real chuckwagon from the late 1800’s and see how food was dispensed, featured by Wind River Outfitters of AZ/Roger Mills
• Take photos/selfies in front of an old-west street scene
• Kids can try their hand at roping the steer replica “Clarabelle”
• Learn why a cowboy wears each piece of attire and the function it serves
• Check out a special selection of cowboy-related books and souvenirs will be on sale in the gift shop
• A variety of snack items and water is for sale on the gift shop porch

Schedule of Events

10am-4pm Museum, Zane Grey Cabin Free Admission – self tours
10am-4pm Gift Shop Porch Snack sales open
10am-4pm Gift Shop Side of Courtyard Rim Country Re-enactors Photo area
10am-4pm Museum Rodeo Exhibit (Rodeo exhibit 1st floor) Harry Schill Q&A Bull Riding, photo signing
10am-4pm Curbside – In front parking lot Roger Mills – Wind River Outfitters of AZ Display and demonstrate Authentic Chuck Wagon
10am-4pm Corner -Courtyard by Fire Truck Judge & deputies JAIL is open
10am-4pm Lawn in front of Ranger Station Rim Country Re-enactors Rope Clara-Bell wear cowboy hat & scarf. Distribute coloring sheets for ropes and saddles to take home for kids.
10am-4pm Museum Gift Shop Featured Cowboy books special sale
10am Front of Museum Gift Shop Mayor Morrissey Reading Proclamation and Opening for National Day of the Cowboy
10:30am Courtyard Rim Country Re-enactors AZ Charlie- Charlie Meadows skit

11:00am Courtyard  Cinnamon Twist  Cowboy Music performance
11:30am Museum 2nd floor – Miss Julia’s classroom Story time “Cowboys”
12 noon Courtyard Rim Country Re-enactors Cowboy Attire skit Kenny/Bonnie
1:00pm Courtyard Cinnamon Twist Cowboy Music performance
1:45pm Courtyard Rim Country Re-enactors Payson “Dew” performance
2:15pm Museum 2nd floor – Miss Julia’s classroom Storytime “Cowboys”
2:45pm Museum 2nd floor Rim Country Re-enactors Cowboy attire skit Kenny/Bonnie