If you are in the mood to be a proud American, I would like to recommend attending a good ol’ small town rodeo. We did two weeks ago, and we came away singing, “I’m Proud to be an American …” and happily wiping the turkey-leg juice off of our faces with the sleeves of our shirts. Okay, I admit it, my family lured me away from my drawing table with the promise of some excellent rodeo cuisine. And, it worked. We all piled into the car and headed to Stonewall, Texas (about an hour from Austin) for the Stonewall Peach JAMboree & Rodeo.
We were lucky enough to arrive in time for the crowning of the Stonewall Peach Queen. (As you might guess Stonewall is known for mighty fine peaches.) First, we watched the 2009 Peach Queen bid adieu (say so long) to her subjects, followed by the crowning of the new Queen and her court. I was standing next to a group of precious little gals who were star struck with the beautiful princesses. Move over Cinderella, Ariel and Belle! (See photo below: girls looking through the fence and over the cows to admire their new Queen.)
After all the heraldry was over, and before the cow pokin’ began, we made sure we didn’t miss our favorite rodeo foodie finds: juicy turkey legs, famous smoked sausage from Fredericksburg, crispyTexas taters (homemade potoato chips) and then we topped it all off with luscious peach ice cream. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
And, lest you think it was just about the food, here are a few pictures of the very cool cowboys and cowgirls, as well as the beloved “animal athletes.” Although we were delighted with Calf Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding, our favorite events were Wild Cow Milking and Mutton Bustin’. (Of course, we love little lambies here at Cathy Heck Studio, so we are glad to report that the “mutton” do not actually get busted in the Mutton Bustin’ event. :-)
I hope I have given you a hankerin’ to get yerself to a rodeo to get a good taste (literally and figuratively) of America, and if you do, don’t forget yer hat and yer boots!
Happy Fourth of July from our family to yours.