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I was raised in a cowboy town. Clovis, CA was a great place to grow up. The schools were (and as far as I know still are), some of the best in the state. It had a tradition of conservative, good values, agriculture and yes, cowboys! Every year in April we celebrated Rodeo Days. That Friday at school, we could dress up in western garb. On Saturday, there was the Rodeo Day parades. The high school band and the bands from neighboring Fresno marched in it. There were floats and Shriner clowns and lots and lots of horses. Then, Saturday through Sunday was the Clovis Rodeo. I grew up there in the 1960s-1970s, but the traditions carry on today. The Rodeo in 2018 was the 104th Clovis Rodeo! I lived out in the country, but I was never a part of the cowboy culture. I've only ridden a horse a handful of times and as a child, my one claim to fame was being bucked from a donkey as my brother and I rode it down our driveway. But, I sure loved the cowboy traditions that surrounded me and I was proud to be a part of a town that was rich in tradition.
My husband has better cowboy roots than I do. His great uncle was Billy Bonnell, a fairly famous rodeo cowboy!
I am giving you all of this information because today is actually National Cowboy Day! Having been raised with the traditions and stories and movies that romanticized the American Cowboy, we thought we would join in the celebration today. For Friday Faves, we are sharing some of our favorite cowboy themed things!
My husband isn't a cowboy, but he loves westerns! I have to admit, I am pretty fond of old westerns movies myself. Here are some of our faves:
I actually have a couple of sons who grew up loving hard rock music who have converted to Country Western.
Other Cowboy Finds
So, that is our nod to our cowboy heritage! Do we have any cowboy or girl readers out there? Or, were any of your ancestors cowboys? That family history is fascinating to learn about! We would love to hear from you.
Enjoy your weekend!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!