Unfortunately, National Day of the Cowboy and Wichita’s Birthday Celebration at Cowtown had to be canceled.
I saw the announcement on Twitter on July 9:
For the health and safety of our community, we are cancelling Cowtown’s 70th Birthday on July 11 and National Day of the Cowboy on July 25. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
— Old Cowtown Museum (@WichitaCowtown) July 8, 2020
Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita is celebrating two events on one day: National Day of the Cowboy, and Wichita’s birthday.
Saturday, July 25, 2020, visit Cowtown for a day of old west fun!
Update for 2020: Sadly, this event has been canceled. As of this writing, Cowtown is still open to the public, but the events will not be happening. City of Wichita owned properties require masks until further notice. You don’t have to wear a mask outside if you can maintain a 6′ distance between yourself and other guests, but you will need it to enter the museum and when you’re inside buildings.
The National Day of the Cowboy celebrates the everyday working cowboy, the character who with words and deeds tamed the west. At the event, you’ll get to see demonstrations of the many skills that were required to do this tough, demanding, and unpredictable work, and you’ll hear music and poetry that reflects the life they lived.
This is perfect, since we’ll also be celebrating Wichita’s birthday this month – remembering those who, by force of will, laid the foundation of the largest city in Kansas.
The National Day of the Cowboy event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the last admission will be sold at 4 p.m.
Regular admission applies, unless you are a Cowtown member (then you will get in free).
Fun fact: Wichita was incorporated as a city on July 21, 1870. One of the signers of the incorporation petition – and the only woman – was Billy the Kid’s mother, Catherine McCarty. Interesting, right? I first learned about this at a Diamond W Wranglers performance, and then later looked it up in the history of Wichita at the Wichita Metro Chamber website.
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Old Cowtown Museum; 1865 W Museum Blvd. in Wichita
Cost: $9 adults, $8 senior citizens (62+), $7 youth (12-17), $6 kids (5-11)
No charge for children 4 and under, active military, and Old Cowtown Museum members