Visit the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

September 03, 2014



Saddle up partner, and get ready to explore Wild West culture at this year’s 26th annual National Cowboy Symposium! The event features more than 100 performers and presenters including cowboy and cowgirl poets, musical acts, storytellers, authentic chuck wagon cooks, special presenters, and exhibit spaces filled with the best in western art and goods.interior_of_symposium_wide_shot

The event is one of the greatest initiatives to celebrate, preserve and pass along western heritage and cowboy culture. To carry out these goals, the event schedule includes many talented musicians, poets and storytellers from across the nation. Also included are presentations of Native American activities and dancing, western authors, horse handling demonstrations by Chance O’Neal of the Four Sixes Ranch with award winning Royalty Return, the Horse Parade, the National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, and exhibits of western artworks and merchandise.


Y’all vaqueros will love new attractions include performances by Mary Kaye, Pipp Gillette, Chris Isaacs, Craig Carter, and a host of others. History sessions on “Western Family Feuds” will be scheduled throughout, a Front Porch Pickin’ and Chicken Luncheon on Friday and a special session on the Fiddle Tunes of Bob Wills on Saturday. The Chuck Wagon Roast Coffee will be featured and for sale during regular show hours in the Exhibit Hall booth and Chuck Wagon area, and at the Chuck Wagon Breakfast on Sunday of the event.

To help celebrate this, we thought we would pass down 10 pieces of cowboy wisdom to y’all:

  1. Brace your backbone and forget your wishbone.
  2. If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.
  3. When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or  person, don’t be surprised if they learn that lesson.
  4. Always drink upstream from the herd.
  5. Generally, you ain’t learnin’ nothing when your mouth’s a-jawin’.
  6. Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.
  7. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  8. It’s better to keep your mouth shut an’ look dumb than open it and prove it.
  9. When a cowboy’s too old to set a bad example, he hands out good advice.
  10. If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

We can’t wait to see y’all ride up to the Lubbock Civic Center for this year’s National Cowboy Symposium. Adios kimosabes!

  • Address: 1501 Mac Davis Ln, Lubbock, TX 79401
  • Phone: (806) 798.7825
  • Website:
  • Tickets: Prices vary, and are on sale September 4th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • When: September 5th – 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; September 6th – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; September 7th – 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.


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