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Sep 11, 2015

Real Time at the Cowboy Symposium

If it’s not on your calendar for this weekend, be sure to venture over to the 27th Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration happening now through Sunday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Be ready to experience the true West with live music, Chuck Wagon cookin’, horse training, cowboy artifact exhibits and much more.

Our team was just there to catch some of the action. We found a little bit of everything:

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Make your way over to the Cowboy Symposium today, tomorrow or Sunday to join in on the fun! Here’s the schedule for the rest of the weekend (NOTE: There’s A LOT to see and do!):

FRIDAY
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Exhibits and Western Items for sale inside the Civic Center Exhibit Hall
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions of poetry, music, stories, history sessions, panels & special presentations inside the Civic Center and Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (click for Friday Concurrent Sessions Schedule)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Quanah Parker Heritage Society Native American Activities in the park north of the Civic Center along Avenue O between Marsha Sharp Freeway and Mac Davis Lane
4 p.m.  Western Authors Panel – Civic Center, South Meeting Room 104.  Meet the authors and explore the development of these real-life characters in both their factual and fiction.
7 – 9:30 p.m. Evening Performance featuring Cowboy Celtic, Pipp Gillette, Craig Carter in the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Firehouse Theatre. Please note the day pass includes general admission seating to the night show while seats are available – limited seating available. Reserved seating is available in advance for $20.

SATURDAY
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Exhibits and Western Items for sale inside the Civic Center Exhibit Hall
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions of poetry, music, stories, history sessions, panels & special presentations inside the Civic Center (click on Saturday Concurrent Sessions Schedule)
10 a.m.  Parade of the Horse
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Quanah Parker Heritage Society Native American Activities in the park north of the Civic Center along Avenue O between Marsha Sharp Freeway and Mac Davis Lane
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  NEW YOUTH ACTIVITIES, in Civic Center Pedestrian Mall. Individual youth activities including paper construction of cowboy vests and hats, paint branding, creating a personal brand, and a sheriff’s badge for completing the activities. Come and go as you please –  and create these fun item to take home!
11 a.m.  Horse Demonstrations by Chance O’Neal, Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team Coach, in the Civic Center Exhibit Hall
11 a.m.  NEW – The XIT – Largest Ranch of the Old West   in the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Gallery.
Noon – 1 p.m. National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
CHUCK WAGON LUNCH – wagon prepared meals are available to the public!
Meal and Musical entertainment in the park located north of the Civic Center
Noon – 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH – Barbecue Brisket Sandwich with beans and iced tea
1 p.m.  Special Presentations – Quanah Parker Heritage Society, in Main Gallery of Underwood Center for the Arts.
1:30 p.m.  Youth Contest Awards Presentation, in Civic Center Pedestrian Mall
2 p.m.  Ballet Folklorico Neustra Henricia, Director Debbie Rodriguez in the park north of the Civic Center
2 p.m.  NEW – THE CELTIC INFLUENCE IN THE AMERICAN WEST   Join this session to learn more about the Irish and Scottish settlers who left their stories in our American western history. Underwood Center Main Gallery.
3 p.m.  Horse Demonstrations by Chance O’Neal, Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team Coach in the Civic Center Exhibit Hall
3 p.m.  NEW – The Celtic Roots of Western Music – featured performers present western music tunes and their Celtic heritage. Underwood Center for the Arts Firehouse Theatre.
4 p.m.  National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Awards, at the Outdoor Stage in the park north of the Civic Center
5:30 p.m.  Fajita Dinner Buffet, in the park north of the Civic Center.
7 – 9 p.m. Evening Performance featuring Cowboy Celtic, Pipp Gillette, Craig Carter, and other great performers  in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre. Please note the day pass includes general admission seating to the night show – limimted seating.  Reserved seating is available for $20.

SUNDAY
7:30  – 9 a.m. – Chuck Wagon Breakfast – A Chuck Wagon Breakfast will be prepared by several wagons and served prior to the Devotional Service.  The menu will include:  eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, jelly, milk, juice and Chuck Wagon Roast Coffee.
9:30 – 11 a.m. Cowboy Devotional Service – Western Music and Poetry

Color Guard Entrance – Boy Scout Troop 157
Master of Ceremony & Prayer – Mike Querner – Lubbock, TX
Poetry – Teresa Burleson – Weatherford, TX
Music – Royce Smithey – Bonham, TX
Poetry – Mike Dunn – San Tan Valley, AZ
Music – Gary Penney – Lorena, TX
Devotional Message – Jack Blease – Krum, TX
Music – Royce Smithey – Bonham, TX
Dismissal Prayer & Poetry – Mike Querner – Lubbock, TX

For more info, go to cowboy.org.