Stable Faith Cowboy Church held the Cowboy Country Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2, at its facility on Broad Street. The event featured country way of life interactions, free photos with their cowboy Santa and the inaugural Feedbag Fashion Show. Over 700 attendees enjoyed a wonderful day filled with cowboy culture and holiday cheer. The market featured diverse local vendors selling handmade crafts, cowboy gear, western wear and local goods. Hands-on activities included stamping leather, rolling beeswax candles and an in the works knife-making demonstration.
The inaugural Feedbag Fashion Show yielded sixteen of the most creative fashion shows in town. Participants made their outfits out of animal feed bags! It was a quirky and innovative display where the designers repurposed the feedbags.
A hit of the Cowboy Country Festival was “The Boss,” a mechanical bull ride. Event organizer Valerie Ansell explained how she found this mechanical bull ride and what it added to the festival.
“For months, I searched for a mechanical bull ride and wasn’t able to find any in our area. Then, a Facebook friend who attended a birthday party put a picture with this one in the background. I immediately contacted her and got the info. He’s out of Bushnell, called “The Boss.” Basically, it’s a mechanical bull with an inflatable around it. The ride operator gauges how he controls the bull by the person doing the riding. The ride for attendees to the Cowboy Country Festival was free! They could ride as many times as they wished within reason and as long as the line wasn’t long. We had children all the way up to 70-year-olds riding it. It truly made our event that much better.”
The Cowboy Country Festival is a fun way to learn about and preserve the country way of life and heritage.