Come Celebrate Cowboy Culture with 'Cowboys & Cornbread'
What: Cowboys and Cornbread
Who: El Dorado County Visitors Authority
Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville
When: Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $10 per carload or $2 walk-in fee
Information: www.cowboysandcornbread.com or 800-457-6279
Christmas comes in July for professional cowboys. It is their busiest time of year. They hit one rodeo after another, roping, riding and wrestling for a chance to win a lot of money in a short period of time.
El Dorado County chose this month to celebrate the cowboy culture and western living that has been the backbone of the region.
On Sunday, July 20,drive up, hitch up or giddy-up — it’s time for Cowboys and Cornbread, a day-long celebration of old-fashioned fun, food and friendly competition at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a chili cook-off, championship horse show, cornbread and salsa competition and cowboy church.
There’s live entertainment all day including chuckwagon barbecue, free stage coach rides, cowboy poetry, candle making, gold panning, blacksmith and cowboy dip dunk tank.
Buckaroos can get a hands-on taste of the cowboy life at the kiddy corral.
Don’t forget about mutton bustin’ where young cowboys and cowgirls ride sheep for fame and glory.
Try your hand at the Hangtown Horseshoe Tournament. Wet your whistle with suds, wine or moonshine.
This regional event brings together some of the areas finest musicians of the mouth harp to vie for cash, prizes and the best bragging rights around. Cheer on your favorite musician at the Hangtown Harmonica Championship.
Do you make a mean batch of chili? Have a secret salsa recipe? Are you brave enough to belt out a tune on the harmonica? Have country western creations for sale? Rather throw horseshoes than ride a horse?
For cash prizes and bragging rights, enter one or all of the contests available at Cowboys and Cornbread.
There is still time to throw your hat in the ring. Download forms and applications at cowboysandcornbread.com.
Parking is $10 per car or $2 walk in fee.
For more information call 800-457-6279 or go to www.cowboysandcornbread.com.
CONTESTS - FUN FOR ALL!
Introducing some fun people's choice contests for 2014 Cowboys and Cornbread. Show up and judge your friends' and neighbors' zany antics - or better yet, let youself be judged
For you Foodies
Chili Cook Off and Salsa Contest
11:30 am until the Chili runs out. Tasting Tickets $10 Adult - $5 Children 11 and under. To enter the competition, fill out the application on our Forms & Applications page.
Starts at High Noon! Judging on stage. Cornbread must be turned in by 11:30 am at the Judge's Table near stage. Cornbread must be prepared off-site. Entrants will prepare one (1) loaf (any size) or three (3) muffins for judging. Prize money awarded as follows:
3 to 8 Exhibitors - Only 1st place awarded
9 to 16 Exhibitors - 1st and 2nd place awarded
17 or more Exhibitors - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awarded
Ribbons and Cash Prizes for the winners!
1st place - $50
2nd place - $25
3rd place - $15
Hangtown Harmonica Championship Competition
The Hangtown Harmonica Championship is a highlight of the day's events. Event starts on the Main Stage at 1 pm. Click here for contest entry forms (advance registration is required and space is limited to 10 contestants).
- $10 Registration Fee
- Harmonica only (any brand or variety is permitted)
- Any musical style, but blues players must play a song with a recognizeable beat
- No "trick" microphones or electronic accompaniment (Sound system is provided)
- Play limited to 5 minutes per contestant
Crowd Pleaser Children's Harmonica Challenge
There is no entry fee for this fun-filled challenge. Open to children ages 11 and under at the Coors Main Stage. Fill out the application on our Forms & Applications page.
Just Plain Fun!
Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the manliest moustache of them all?
Butts in Jeans Contest
Anything made of denim in any color or style. Divisions for the men and the ladies!
Annual Championship Horse Show
Introducing our new Horse Show for 2014!
HALTER - ENGLISH - REINING - TRAIL - GAITED - WESTERN
Here's a chance to learn from some of the area's finest equestrians.
What makes this show fun and exciting? 6 Division Awards, 11 Buckles and Triple Points!
Interested in throwing your hat in the ring?
Hangtown Horseshoe Championship Tournament
Check-in at 11 am - Starts at 11:30 am
Two-member teams (Blind Draw) - Double-Elimination. Limited to 30 participants. Players must be 18 years or older. All entries must be received in advance with $20 entry fee (cash, check or credit card) per individual entry. Tournament teams determined on day of event. Women will have the "women's throwing advantage" and all teams will compete against each other for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Cowboy churches are local Christian churches that are distinctly Western in character. A typical cowboy church may meet in a rural setting in a barn, metal building, arena, sale barn, or old western building. It may have its own rodeo arena, and a country gospel band. Baptisms are generally done in a stock tank. The sermons are usually short and simple, in order to better to be understood by the parishioners.
Some cowboy churches have covered arenas where rodeo events such as bull riding, team roping, ranch sorting, team penning and equestrian events are held on weeknights. Many cowboy churches have existed throughout the western states for the past forty or fifty years. However just in the past fifteen or so years has there been an explosion of growth within the “movement.” Prior to 1980 there were 5 cowboy churches in Texas, now the number exceeds 200, and there are an estimated 750 nationwide.
No single group established the movement; rather it seems to have had a spontaneous beginning in diverse areas of the country at nearly the same time. Some of these cowboy churches are an outgrowth of ministries to professional rodeo or team roping events, while the roots of others can be traced back to ministry events associated with ranch rodeos, ranch horse competitions, chuck wagon cooking competitions, cowboy poetry gatherings and other “cowboy culture” events.
FOR THE LITTLE BUCKAROOS
Mutton Bustin' young cowboys and cowgirls get decked out in their best western outfits, grab a helmet and a fistful of wool and attempt to ride - but more like hang on for dear life to - a full-grown sheep. The crowd cheers for each contestant as the sheep springs and sometimes suanters into the arena and eventually loses its rider. The ride usually only lasts several seconds, but the thrill of the ride lasts much longer!
Starts at 3:00 pm. Young cowboys and cowgirls riding sheep for fame and glory! A fun Rodeo event for the whole family. Winners receive a buckle. Limited to 36 Busters (18 guaranteed slots for El Dorado County residents). Entry fee $35 - Entry forms must be received prior to the event date. Contestants should arrive by 2:30 pm. For questions call (530) 621-5860
Pee Wee Rodeo (FREE)
Following the Mutton Bustin' competition, bring all your little pardners out to compete in Pee Wee Rodeo! Watch those little wranglers tear up the ring with Stick Horse Barrel Racing and Hay Bucking. Just one of the fun things for kids at 2014 Cowboys and Cornbread!
Nothing says Cowboys and Cornbread better than Pony Rides for the kids. Get your giddy "up" and on these charming little critters and share an experience that will last a lifetime.
Face painting, roping, petting zoo and games, hay maze, and horsin' around.
ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE
Take a trip back in time to the wild wild West - hop a ride on an authentic period stagecoach for an unforgettable experience. With the Sheriff's Posse patrolling the Fair Grounds there's no need to fear bandits and highway robbers on this journey...or is there?
Panning for Gold
Try your hand and see if you can strike it rich in our Panning for Gold exhibit. Learn what the Gold Rush was all about and learn a thing or two about actually panning while you're at it!
The art of blacksmithing the Old West way. You'll see period correct tools and techniques watching the blacksmiths hammer away at a piece of raw iron, molding it into one of life's necessities or a beautiful piece of art.
Cowboy Culture Trade Show
If you love cowboys and shopping is your fancy, you're certain to find some of the most unique items for sale plus Margaritaville and more!
Live Music and Cowboy Poetry
Continuous entertainment will keep your toes tappin' and your fingers snappin' with Halie O'Ryan. You can sit and enjoy the music or, if you've a mind to, get up and dance a little two-step around the dance floor. Hallie will also teach the audience the Virginia Glide.