National Day of the Cowboy, July 24.2021

Each July the Empire Ranch Foundation celebrates the National Day of the Cowboy at the historic Empire Ranch.    It’s a free, fun family event.  See below for information about the 2019 event.

COVID permitting, we plan  to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 24, 2021.  Stay tuned for the event status and program.  The 2019 program posted below provides information on the type of activities usually included.

2019 Program

Presentations in the Adobe Haybarn:

  • 10 am – George Bascom, Cochise, and the Start of the Apache Wars / Doug Hocking

Music by Bruce Andre—9:30 to 1:00

Demonstrations in the South Corral [all day]:

  • Blacksmithing by Casey Abbs
  • Leatherworking by P Bar P Leatherworks
  • Saddle making by Brad Faulkner
  • Reata making by Dick Schorr
  • Ranching tools by Bill Schock
  • Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch
  • Groundwork horse training by Regi Richter, Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Participant

Visit the All Around Trail Horses petting zoo east of the Ranch House corrals.  Take a trail ride starting at 9:00 (45-minute ride/$30). Riders must be age 8 or older.

Docent Tours at 10, 11, and 12–meet at the Visitor Contact Station

Silent Auction & Raffle in the Ranch House, Victorian Addition Dining Room, from 9 am to 12:30 pm

Enjoy great grub from the EZ Cattle Company Cow Camp Café and Chuckwagon—lunch served starting at 11:30. $10 a plate of carne asada, beans, Mexican corn and a tortilla.

Visit the ERF Gift Shop and our Vendors & Non-Profit Partners in the Corral Area east of the Adobe Haybarn & Ranch House [all day]:

  • D & S Custom Leather
  • Viktor George Leather Goods
  • Yellow Rose Photography
  • A Simple Cookie
  • Doug Hocking—Author
  • John & Rosa Wright—Paparazzi Jewelry & rustic signs
  • Santa Cruz County Cowbelles
  • Little Green Bags
  • HempWorx