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Saddle up: Arizona Legislature approves state Cowboy Day

Kelsey Bradshaw of Heber, Ariz. (right) and Bethany Braley, executive director for National Day of Cowboy (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- Arizona lawmakers have voted to salute cowboys past and present with their own special day on the fourth Saturday of July each year.

It's not just for cowboys, it's for cowgirls like Kelsey Bradshaw of Heber, Ariz. too.

"Cowboys, cowgirls, anybody that likes to wear cowboy boots. Ranchers, farmers and pioneers too. Anybody with the cowboy spirit," she said.

And National Day of the Cowboy isn't just a salute to those who helped build Arizona from the saddle, it's to honor men and women who still live the life

"The cattleman, farmers and ranchers of today need our support with legislation so they can continue that lifestyle and future generations can benefit," said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw expects that Arizona will launch the holiday this July in style.

"Anything from private parties, parades, festivals, rodeos. Many of these events are already in existence in Arizona."

Arizona is the fourth state in the nation to have a special day to honor cowboys.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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