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August 5, 2012

Cowtown Days celebrates Baxter Springs heritage

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Cowtown Days, the town’s annual celebration of its heritage, stretches over four days beginning Tuesday.

Most events take place in Kiwanis Park.

Tuesday’s schedule includes a community dinner with musical entertainment at 5 p.m. There will be a prize drawing at 7 p.m.

The celebration resumes Thursday with bingo at 5 p.m. and a karaoke night at 6 p.m. Prize drawings will take place at 9 p.m.

The event ramps up on Friday, with a senior citizen day beginning at 10 a.m. at Crossroads Christian Church. Music by Tragic Prelude begins at 5 p.m. in the park. That’s also when bingo starts. Prize drawings are at 7 p.m. The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. in the rodeo arena.

There is a full schedule of events on Saturday. The day begins at 6 a.m. with a cowboy breakfast at the Lions Club building.

Other events on Saturday’s schedule include:

• 7 a.m. — 5K run and Kids Fun Run start at the library.

• 9:30 a.m. — Pie and cake contest at the community building. Judging is at 10:30 a.m.

• 10 a.m. — Dog show featuring Western attire.

• 11 a.m. — Boy Scouts ham and bean feed begins in Kiwanis Park.

• Noon — An old-time shootout re-enactment. Horse rides also begin at noon.

• 12:30 p.m. — Men’s sexy leg contest.

• 1:30 p.m. — Medicine show with can-can girls.

• 2 p.m. — Baxter Springs High School Dance Team.

• 3 p.m. — Another shootout re-enactment and judging of the best-decorated bicycle.

• 4 p.m. — Parade.

• 4:30 p.m. — Another performance of the medicine show with can-can girls.

• 5:15 p.m. — Music by Spontaneous Funk.

• 7 p.m. — Drawing for a $500 Wal-Mart gift card.

• 8 p.m. — Rodeo at the rodeo arena. A dance follows.

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