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.
Celebrate the cowboy culture and western living at Cowboys and Cornbread, a day-long celebration of old-fashioned fun, food and friendly competition at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville on July 20.
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 a 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.