The first celebration was in 2005, this year's day is July 27 and plans are to have a fun filled day at the National Day of Cowboy Celebration (NDOCC) in downtown Duncan.

"The celebration will be a full day event filled with just about everything cowboy," said coordinator Ron Secoy. "Cowboy music, poetry, food, vendor goods, raffle items, artwork, kids' activities and cartoons."

Secoy is the vice president of the International Western Music Association Oklahoma Chapter (IWMAOK), which is the primary sponsor of the event, that will be held in downtown Duncan at Butterfield Mercantile and Ballroom, 805 West Main. The majority of the IWMAOK members will be performing cowboy poetry or music at the all-day event. Butterfield is preparing for the event by displaying the cowboy and western photography of Dee Dodson (Buckles and Bling Photography) and cartoons of Daryl Talbot (military and cowboy cartoonist) from July 1 through the event.

Artwork in a variety of forms will help highlight the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration, July 27. Cowboy and western themed art to include photographs, leatherwork, painted feathers, jewelry, knives and cartoons will be on display and available for purchase at the Celebration site, Butterfield Mercantile and Ballroom, 805 Main Street, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mike Monroe of Michael's Custom Leather in Fletcher has been doing leather work for over 15 years. He'll be displaying belts, holsters, headstalls, wallets, phone holders and much more with full tooling in keeping with the western tradition.

Cave Blades, as the name implies, has a line of handmade knives and sheaths in the traditional style of the hunting knife a cowboy would carry.

"I hand make custom fixed blade knives from raw steel to finished product. I make everything from tactical to practical, but I have a real soft spot for the classics! I also hand make and tool all my leather sheaths as well as custom belts, rifle slings and holsters." Explained owner Jeff Ellis.

Leather crafter Dustin Clark of Clark Leather Kreations will be displaying a wide variety of artistically made items to include billfolds, handbags, belts, key chains and cozies. He has a wide variety of tooled products. Additionally, he'll be working with children to produce their own leather products.

Anita Lee creates several different items to include jewelry, leather items and painted feathers.

"I do a lot of smaller items in leather such as, bracelets/cuffs, leather feathers, knife sheaths, a few wallets, and pictures. About 3 years ago I took several jewelry classes and have added one of a kind Wire Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry to my repertoire as well. I also do some Copper Fold Forming, making cuffs and pendants, copper feathers, etc. When I can I like to combine both leather and gemstones in my work."

Toni Mullens of El Reno was introduced to leather work in an 8th grade crafts class. He enjoyed it so much he bought my own tools.

"I continued to learn more about leather tooling until I married and had kids. My tools went to the closet for over 25 years. My mother asked me to make her a new wedding album for her 80th birthday, hers had gotten ruined. That was 10 years ago. That lit a fire in me which grew my small toolbox of leather tools into a not so small shop full tools and never enough leather."

He makes purses, totes, pistol cases, bible covers, belts and pretty much anything I have been asked to make. Including motorcycle chaps, axe covers and repairing anything leather. Toni is also involved with the Oklahoma Chisholm Trail Leather Guild which will be doing leather tooling at the Celebration.

Raised in and around working cowboys and the western lifestyle, Dee Dodson of Buckles and Bling Photography, LLC, strives to portray the real life cowboy in his natural setting. This could range from branding, to herding cattle, rodeo riding or just in everyday outdoor life. Well versed at photography she also does portraits, weddings and most anything a person may need photography wise. Her photographs have graced the walls of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and now are displayed in the front window of Butterfield.

Daryl Talbot, cowboy and military cartoonist will be displaying a variety of his work and have a presentation at the Celebration. His cartoons and illustrations have been used in magazines, books, T-shirts and greeting cards. His work is seen regularly in Leaning Tree greeting cards and Leatherneck Magazine. He cartooned for Western Horseman Magazine for 45 years.

He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Art Education in 1973. Talbot was a member of the National Cartoonist Society and Western Writers of America. Currently, the cartoonist is Ia member of Cowboy Cartoonists International.

In 1997 I received the Will Rogers Cowboy Cartoonist of the Year Award from the Academy of Western Artists and1st and 3rd Place in the all Navy Cartoon Contest in All Hans Magazine in 1975. He has 4 books collecting my cowboy cartoons and two of military cartoons which will be available for purchase. He often draws at events like the Celebration.

For more information contact Ron Secoy, 580 606-9574, rsecoy@wildblue.net or the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration Facebook page.

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