Dean Martin, Walter Brennen, Ricky Nelson & John Wayne from the film RIO BRAVO. One of the best Westerns ever made.




Thanks for all the wonderful memories. Our greatly missed friend. Doug McClure as Trampas in "The Virginian"


Upcoming Events for 2012

Texas Crossroads Gathering 2012

Van Horn, Texas
2012 Texas Crossroads Gathering
The Cowboy correct gathering where you will see tomorrow's headliners today!
Van Horn, Texas May 17, 18, 19 & 20th
Over 20 hours of professional cowboy agritainer entertainment and 20 hours of open jams sessions and a street dance jammed into four days!


Sidewalk Movie Festival

Birmingham, Albama
The 14th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, Alabama is set to take place August 24-26, 2012. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.


Buffako Bill Cody Stampede

Cody, Wyoming
June 30th - July 4th, 2012

Cody Wyoming, Rodeo Capital of the World - Home of the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo & the Cody Nite Rodeos: cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo entertainers, parades, clowns & more!


Ranch Rodeo 2012

Amarillo, Texas
The WRCA uses Ranch Rodeo to bring attention to our cause and to generate money for our Foundation. We sanction the finest Ranch Rodeos across North America to bring the top Ranch Teams to the World Championship Ranch Rodeo held in Amarillo Texas the second weekend in November. Help in Times of Crisis – We provide funds for Working Ranch Cowboys and their families in times of need. Our support is confidential and requests generally come from neighbors, family and friends.


Irish Festival

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Irish Fest, North America’s largest, four-day celebration of Irish music and culture, proudly announces a special tribute to bluegrass music at the 2012 festival. The bluegrass music showcase will be a central music theme during the annual festival taking place August 16-19 this year at Henry Maier Festival Park along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.


Barbercue Cooking Competition

Memphis, Tenessee
Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 17-19, 2012 at Tom Lee Park. Hundreds of teams compete for over $110,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names. While grilling is the main theme, the contest wouldn't be complete without the Ms. Piggie Idol competition where the finest swine tests their vocal skills, and grown men dress in tutus and snouts and women kick their heels (hooves) up. There is also a t-shirt competition and even a best booth contest.

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Fandangle Performance

Albany, Texas
An outdoor musical based on the pioneer chronicles of West Texas.
Spectacle-A-Plenty of cowboys driving a trail herd; of a stagecoach chased by Indians;  of buffalo hunters & gamblers at old Fort Griffin.
June 21st - 23rd & June 28th- 30th


2012 Fall for the Book

Fairfax Virginia
What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people of all ages and interests, thanks to growing community interest and generous supporting partners.
September 26th to 30th, 2012


Cheyenne Frontier Days

Cheyenne, Wyoming
July 20th - 29th, 2012

Since 1897, Cheyenne has celebrated its Old West roots with this eye-popping festival. The centerpiece of this Western celebration is the world's largest outdoor rodeo, which draws top professionals who compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Complementing the daily rodeo action are behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding, and a wild-horse race. A Native American Village, an Old West town called "Wild Horse Gulch," a saloon, square dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts, and an art show carry through the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway, an air show, top-name entertainment, professional bull riding shows, and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles.  Cheyenne Frontier Days occurs each summer during the last full week in July.


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