A community celebration at a historic Flint Hills ranch will honor the cowhands of yesterday and today.

The National Day of the Cowboy will be celebrated from 2 to 7 p.m. July 27 at Pioneer Bluffs, 695 Kansas Highway 177,  near Matfield Green. 

National Day of the Cowboy is dedicated to preserving America’s cowboy culture and pioneer heritage. At Pioneer Bluffs, the more inclusive term, “cowhand,” is preferred.

“This will be a fun, fascinating day for both visitors and ranch families,” said Lynn Smith, Executive Director. “Visitors can talk to working cowhands and watch ranch activities such as branding and roping. We will be capturing stories to share with future visitors, and ask ranch families to bring their branding iron and share their story in the video project, ‘Voices of the Tallgrass Prairie.’”  

A “Heritage Roundup” will highlight local ranch families, who will be on hand to talk with visitors about their heritage and ranching today.  Throughout the afternoon, Jerry Hedrick of Loch Lloyd, Missouri, will demonstrate trick roping. Children can try their hand at roping and throwing cowpie discs. 

At 2  p.m., author and historian Greg Hoots, Kansas City, will present local cowboy history in photos, video, and story. 

Cowboy/singer/songwriter Jeff Davidson, Eureka, will perform music and poetry at 3  p.m. 

Hear cowboy poetry at 4 p.m., by “Poet Lariat,” Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University.

From 5  to 7 p.m., cowboy movies will be shown in the barn, Jeff Davidson and Ron Wilson will lead a campfire singalong, and a wiener roast will be offered. 

Donations will be accepted for this community event. Reservations requested, but not required. For reservations, to schedule a recorded interview to share stories, or for additional information, contact Lynn Smith at lynn@pioneerbluffs.org or (620) 753-3484. Details can be found at pioneerbluffs.org or on the Pioneer Bluffs Facebook event page.