Lubbock's history is founded in the old west and cowboy culture. Once a year, people from all over the country come to celebrate that history at the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration.
You can hear a man singing, "We'd lay in the bunk house at the end of the day, and dream about having some fun," as you walk into the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
More than 100 performers, 130 exhibitors, and 15,000 guests will see Lubbock Memorial Civic Center transformed into the old Wild West this weekend. "The purpose of the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration is to preserve a western heritage and pass it along to folks who either love it or folks that have never been exposed to it before," said manager Monica Hightower.
Every year the symposium has poetry readings, singing, food, a parade, and memorabilia celebrating the old west and cowboy history. "We have exhibits really from all over the country as well. All types of western merchandise from saddles and things a real cowboy would use all the way to western jewelry and home decor," said Hightower.
This year is the 20th anniversary, and organizers want to make it special so participants will also see a Dress of the West Museum, trick roping competition, and special evening musical performances.
For many, like John Levacy, the Cowboy Symposium is a tradition they wouldn't miss - a chance to put on their boots and show the true cowboy within. "I probably was born 100 years too late. I should have been doing this a hundred years ago when the real cowboys are around," said Levacy.
The Symposium kicks off Thursday night with the American Cowboy Culture awards and continues throughout the weekend. You have to buy tickets for most of the events. A day pass is $10, and you can purchase tickets at the Civic Center.
Click here for an event schedule and more information on this year's event.
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