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National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Present National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration, July 26-29

National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum (NMWHM) will present the National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration in Fort Worth, Texas with a series of events! Where else but Fort Worth will you find the perfect place to explore and experience the true cowboy way. Actress, author and philanthropist Pam Grier returns as the honorary host for a weekend of festivities, July 26-29. Across this great nation Americans are making plans to celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy.

The National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration events include a Grand Prairie Air Hogs Baseball Game, Buffalo Soldier/Boy Scout Encampment, Unsung Heroes Awards, Summertime Blues Concert, Fort Worth Stockyards Parade, Family Fun Festival, Zydeco Music Festival and Hall of Fame Rodeo.

The National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration has something for everyone! Take a stroll through the Pam Grier Community Garden; enjoy the family fun, face-painting, classic Creole cuisine. Bring the kiddos ’cause we have plenty for them to do. There will be cowboy dress up, stick horse races, story tellers, cowboy singers, trick ropers, and some of the prettiest saloon gals you have ever seen, music and well the list just goes on. After the day’s festivities, you can mosey on up to the future site of the Museum for the Zydeco Festival and dance the night away to the sounds of Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames, Dog Hill Stompers, Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, and Curry Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. The excitement continues with the Hall of Fame Rodeo on Sunday, July 29th at the Cowtown Coliseum.

The announcement was made today by Jim Austin, Co-Founder of the NMWHM. “We are so honored and thrilled to work with Ms. Grier. Her love and passion for the cultural heritage of the American Cowboy and the way of life that built this country truly speaks to the mission of the museum.” says museum Co-Founder Jim Austin. Ticketed events will benefit the educational programs, exhibits and outdoor learning center at the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The National Day of the American Cowboy campaign was founded by American Cowboy Magazine in 2004 to preserve, protect and promote our cowboy and Western heritage and lobby for the passage of a national resolution designating the fourth Saturday of every July a permanent celebration on the national calendar honoring cowboys and cowgirls for their enduring contribution to the courageous, pioneering spirit of America. This year’s celebration is Saturday, July 28th.

For additional information on the NMWHM Day of the American Cowboy celebration or to purchase event tickets, call 817.922.9999, Email, or log onto Volunteer opportunities are available for youth and adults.

Presenting Sponsor: Coors Light, Major Sponsors include CBS Channel 11, TX21, Sam’s Club, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Old School 94.5, Radio-One, Star-Telegram, Tandy Leather Factory, and Worthington Renaissance Ft Worth Hotel

Zydeco Music Festival is 5:00 pm.
Gates will open at 4:00 pm.


Downtown Fort Worth

200 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 870-1000
TOLL FREE: 1-888-236-2427


4635 Gemini Place
Fort Worth, TX 76106
(817) 624-0002


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Please contact Victoria Gary, Sales Manager, for additional questions.


The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum (formerly Cowboys of Color Museum) was founded to give recognition to the “forgotten cowboys” of multicultural ancestry who played a role in settling the early American western frontier. The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum acknowledges a diverse group of individuals who continue the legacy of western culture, tradition and play a part in keeping this important piece of American History alive. The Museum offers a true and complete historical perspective of the people and activities that built the unique culture of the Old West. The work of artists who documented the people and events of the time through journals, photographs and other historical items are part of the collection. The NMWHM created an indoor and outdoor learning center in partnership with educators to ensure the content developed met the state requirements for reading and writing proficiency skills as well as other educational requirements. The program builds reading, writing, researching skills, healthy self-esteem, respect for their ancestors and other cultures. For more information, please visit


The Pam Grier Community Garden is part of the Outdoor Learning Center, which provides healthy food and physical activity for families that garden the spaces, offer fresh produce donations to the local food bank, offer educational sessions, create a sense of community, act as a public meeting place, and beautify the neighborhood.


Grier’s childhood was spent growing up in Denver, Colorado, spawned her love of the Western way of life at an early age. In 1970, Grier turned her attention towards the bright lights of Hollywood. It didn’t take long for the leggy and beautiful Grier to begin landing leading lady roles. She played a tough and foxy chick in a string of action movies in the 1970s, dubbed “blaxploitation” films, most notably Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). She had a small but memorable role in Fort Apache, The Bronx (starring Paul Newman) in 1981. Her career heated up again in the late 80s with regular roles on the hit TV shows Miami Vice and Crime Story. She co-starred with Fred Williamson in the movie Original Gangstas in 1996 and had a major role in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! that same year. In 1997, she garnered an entirely new fan base when she landed the title role in the Quentin Tarantino cult hit Jackie Brown with Robert DeNiro, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. With a career that has spanned nearly four decades, a New York Times #1 Best Seller and icon status, Grier has returned to the scenic plains of Denver which she now calls home once again, on a ranch with the horses and the Western way of life she has always loved.


National Day of the American Cowboy Zydeco Festival 2012 – Saturday, July 28, 2012

Begins at 5 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Location: 3520 E. Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105

  • 4 p.m. – Gates/Parking Open
  • 5 p.m. – Curley Taylor & Zydeco Outlaws
  • 6:15 p.m. – Leon Chavis & Zydeco Flames
  • 7:30 p.m. – Dog Hill Stompers
  • 8:45 p.m. – Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws
  • 10 p.m. – Music and Festival Concludes

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