This year's Cowboy Symposium and Celebration was a hit as it drew a crowd from all over the globe. The symposium wrapped up Sunday with a chuck wagon breakfast, followed by a cowboy non-denominational devotional service, and an afternoon concert by Slim Whitman. The Symposium showcases the cowboy life from food to music to decor, giving people a taste of the cowboy way today and long ago. Each year, the event draws in visitors from over the world.
Walter Miltz has been coming to the Cowboy Symposium for the last decade, all the way from Germany. Miltz loves Texas and learning about the cowboy way. His passion for the cowboy lifestyle led him to plan a western wedding at this year's event. The three day ceremony captured the South Plains scenery and a Texas flair.
Wedding dreams are different for every couple. These two from Lubbock Town, Germany, wanted a western wedding, cowboy style. The ceremony started Friday at the Lubbock County Court House. Judge Jim Hansen officially married Walker Miltz and Elka Broisch. They repeated their vowels and exchanged rings.
"By laws of the State of Texas, I now pronounce you husband and wife," said Hansen.
On Saturday, the happy couple led the Symposium's Horse Parade. Friends and family of Elka and Walker were welcome Sunday night as their marriage was confirmed the cowboy way. Dozens gathered to witness Elka and Walker tie the knot.
"Now, would you please join and kiss each other. You are now confirmed in the cowboy way as husband and wife."
So why Lubbock? Elka Broisch says because they love this area.
"Because we love Texas and we like to be here and because he's a real cowboy and we wanted to have a western marriage," says Broisch.
"Mostly the people. The people who live here are warm and friendly welcome and that's absolutely great."
The newlyweds will be honeymooning around Texas, visiting the Caprock Canyons and Ranching and Heritage Center before traveling down to Fredricksburg and Luchenbauch.