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Long business celebrates cowboys
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County Line Barn owner Ricky Waters takes Lillian Floyd, 2, on a pony ride during the fifth Annual Day of the American Cowboy last Saturday in Long County. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The County Line Barn in Long County hosted the fifth Annual Day of the American Cowboy Saturday.
Barn owner Karen Waters opened the event with a welcome for the crowd.
“We are here to celebrate the cowboy and to honor him and the contributions he made to our country,” Waters said.
American cowboys, according to Waters, are honest, patriotic and have strong work ethics.  
Both the Ludowici City Council and the Long County Board of Commissioners signed proclamations making July 25 the Day of the Cowboy in Ludowici and Long County.
The event included an American cowboy coloring contest. Ricki Ray, Kaden Nasholts, David Sapp and Madison Grover all took home prizes.
There were also pony and horse rides, face painting, stick pony racing, calf-roping, a horse-shoeing clinic, a farrier demonstration, open riding in the arena and steer-roping classes. Madison Grover, 10, learned how to rope a steer.
“It’s pretty hard, but I think I can do it,” Grover said.
Door prizes, such as horse blankets, running boots, antique stirrups, food gifts and a denim pocket book, were given out throughout the day.
Sponsors were Altamaha Federal Credit Union, Jack’s Manufacturing, Ozark Leather Company, Horsecreek Stables, Flying Eagle Feed and Pet Supplies, Bob’s Hang Out, Cowboy Classic Productions, Farmers Gardner Supplies, Anderson’s Feed and Seed and Kadee’s Korner.
“This was the third year that we have had this event and it gets better each year,” Waters said. “I want to thank all of the people who came out, and also thank all who helped out with the day.”
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