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Cowboy True


Cowboy True

March 29 – 30, 2019

The Forum
2120 Speedway
Wichita Falls, Texas

What is Cowboy True?

The Mission of Cowboy True is to educate the region about the honor, art, and beauty of the cowboy’s daily life.  Cowboy True is a celebration to honor working cowboys and the artwork that comes from their daily lives.

In 2019, Cowboy True returns to its roots at The Forum.  Cowboy True was originally inspired as an effort to raise awareness and funding for The Forum, formerly the home of The Woman’s Forum, which has a long association with the women and families of the North Texas cattle industry.

Categories include: bits, spurs, buckles, jewelry, gun/knife engraving, saddles, boots, trappings/gear, photography, paintings, drawings, sculptures, carving, and cowboy cartoons.

Events for Cowboy True include:

  • Friday night artists’ reception and opening
  • Saturday daytime activities and exhibit open to the public
  • Saturday night dinner, live auction, and entertainment

All proceeds go to The Forum to assist with programming and mission fulfillment.  For more information, call 940-766-3347 or email

Champagne and Cowgirls Style Show!
Activity Schedule and Tickets

2019 Featured Artist 
2019 Exhibiting Artists

Texas Farm Bureau Photo Trail Contest
Kid’s Art Contest (closed)
Kid’s Poetry Contest (closed)


Volunteer Opportunities

What Activities Are Happening During Cowboy True and How Much Does It Cost?

Friday, March 29
6:30 pm
Artist Reception and Awards
-appetizers by the World Champion Chuckwagon
-strolling fiddlers
-artist exhibits and awards

Saturday, March 30
10am – 5pm
Artist Exhibition and Activities

Saturday, March 30
5:30 pm
Tickets $45 until March 17 / $50 after March 17
(click this link for tickets)
Cowboy Up Dinner
-Chicken-Fried Steak Dinner by the World Champion Chuckwagon
-Live Music
-Live Auction of featured artwork from the artists

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2019 Texas Farm Bureau Photo Trail Contest

Are you a photographer looking to show the Cowboy Life?  This year’s Photo Trail contest is open to photographers of all ages.  Check out the entry page for details!  All prizes will be awarded by Texas Farm Bureau.

Texas Farm Bureau Photo Trail Contest Rules and Application

2019 Kid’s Poetry Contest

This year’s poetry contest is closed, but check out our exhibit tent during the show to see all the winners!

2019 Kid’s Art Contest

Want to enter this year’s Kid’s Art Contest is closed, but check out our tent during the exhibit for all the winners!

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Who is the 2019 Featured Artist?

At the 2018 show, the guest curators selected one artist to be the featured artist for next year’s show. We are happy to congratulate Laine Smith! Laine’s work will grace the cover of the 2019 Cowboy True catalog and be featured in our promotion of the event.  You can see Laine’s photography on FineArtAmerica.

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Who are the 2019 Artists?

This year’s artists are:

Brad Bloomfield
Gale Bone
Beth Carrington Brown
Mary Cardwell
Jim Clements
Retta Collins
Dossie Cribbs
Tanner Crow
Ken Cunningham
Bobby Dove
Dee Elliott
David Godfrey
Gary Hastings
Ted Hemenway
Melinda Horn
Polly Kennedy
Lori Kirwin
Sue Krehbiel
Ernie Lewis
Ryan Looper
Harold Losey
Dee McMahan
Jack Milchanowski
Jack Moss
Robert Penny
Cheryl Poland
Doug Prine
JP Rankin
Ron Roberts
Tom Roberts
Dan Shores
Laine Smith
Kathy Smyers
Jerry Smyers
Rod Teuscher
Don Tooley
Mike Vaughn
Gary Ward

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Who sponsors this event?

We’re extremely proud of the local, regional and national support we get for Cowboy True.

The 2019 Event Sponsors are:

Bryant Edwards Foundation
J.S. Bridwell Foundation
Patterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat
Hazel & Henry S. Grace Foundation
Laura Gillis
Townsquare Media
United Market Street
Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Kay and Frank Yeager
American Hat Company
Berend Bros.
Farm Bureau Wichita County
Fort Griffin State Historic Site
Rose Street Clinic
Pat and Dan Shores
Wichita Falls Area Cattle Women
Wichita Falls Ranch & Farm Expo
Capital Farm Credit
Exa and Ken Cunningham
Scaling Ranch
Senior/Junior Forum
Sheriff David Duke
Tom Wainscott in memory of Susan Wainscott

If you would like more information about sponsoring an aspect of Cowboy True, please call 940-766-3347 or email

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Can I help with Cowboy True?

Yes! Volunteers are the backbone of any major event and we’d love to have your help.

Cowboy True has a number of positions that need to be filled! If you’re interested in volunteering throughout our planning process, please click the link to fill out the contact form on this page.

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How Do I Apply To Be An Exhibiting Artist?

2019 Calls For Entries are now closed. To see the Cowboy True Call For Entries 2019 application and guidelines download HERE: 2019 Cowboy True CFE_PACKET

This year’s categories are:
Bits, Spurs, Buckles, Jewelry, Saddles, Boots, Trappings/Gear, Photography, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Woodworking, Cowboy Cartoons

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