ChampionyYodeler, western musician to highlight National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Kansas

International yodeling champion Judy Coder and western musician Jeff Davidson will headline the second annual Kansas celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy at the Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan, Kansas at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013. “The cowboy is an internationally recognized symbol of courage and bravery,” said Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat. “We are celebrating the National Day of the Cowboy in Kansas with supper and a show, featuring the finest in western musical entertainment – plus a little cowboy poetry.” See for more information. The evening includes a home-made barbecue picnic supper with all the trimmings, including BBQ brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad or chips, baked beans, apple cobbler with ice cream for dessert, and beverages. Featured performer is Judy Coder, a native Kansan who has toured the U.S. and Europe performing western music. She has performed with leading cowboy stars and been named the Patsy Montana National Yodeling Champion, Yodeler of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, and the Western Music Association International Yodeling Champion. “Judy’s incredible, rich singing voice will soothe and soar. You will not want to miss this show!” Ron Wilson said. Also performing is western musician Jeff Davidson, winner of the coveted Governor’s Buckle at the 2013 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest. Using songs, historical facts and pictures, Jeff Davidson leads audiences through the history of Kansas and the role of the 34th state in the creation of the Great American Cowboy. The history of cowboys can be traced through their songs, which is what Jeff Davidson does, using both traditional and original tunes. For over 25 years, Jeff entertained for the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train, which gave him a keen interest in Kansas history and an appreciation for the early travelers on the Santa Fe, Oregon, Chisholm and Western trails. Jeff is a K-State Research and Extension Watershed Specialist, and President of the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association.
Tickets are available for $25 per person or $40 for two people, available on a first-come, first served basis. Five percent discounts are available for those holding a Kaw Valley Rodeo ticket or members of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, C.O.W.B.O.Y. Society, Kansas Agri-Women, Western Music Association, or Kansas Farm Bureau. Funding for promotion of this event is provided in part through the support of the Manhattan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The National Day of the Cowboy has been commemorated on the fourth weekend of July by U.S. Senate Resolution since 2005. Governor Sam Brownback has issued a proclamation naming July 27 as National Day of the Cowboy in Kansas for 2013. To register, go to or contact the Lazy T Ranch at 785-537-9727. Lazy T Ranch, 2103 Zeandale Road, Manhattan KS 66502

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