Youth Activities on Friday and Saturday
Youth Wild West Day - Friday, September 8th
Join us for Youth Wild West Day (more information can be found under the Special Presentations tab). Instructors and teachers are encouraged to bring their classes to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to learn more about the American West.
Youth Contest Rules & Regulations
In addition to Youth Wild West Day, youth are encouraged to participate in one or more of the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration's youth contests. Information about the 2017 contests can be found by clicking on the Youth Contest Rules & Regulartions link below. Our most popular contests include poetry, stories, and photography.
POETRY - Each poem can be no longer than 36 lines. Judging will be based on interest, rhyme, and meter. Complete details are available in the Rules and Entry Form PDF below (just click the link).
STORIES - Each story should be no longer than two pages. Judging will be based on interest and structure. Complete details are available in the Rules and Entry Form PDF below (just click the link).
PHOTOGRAPHY - Each photo must be representative of western heritage and/or ranching. Each photo must be a 5" x 7" shot mounted on an 8" x 10" mat with appropriate identification information on the back of the mat. Photos will be judged on representation of the subject and/or theme, clarity, focus, and lighting. Complete details are available in the Rules and Entry Form PDF below (just click the link).
COLORING - Each entry must be colored by the contestant without assistance. Age divisions are 3 -5 years old and 6 - 8 years old. Complete details are available in the Rules and Entry Form PDF below (just click the link).
Youth Cook-Off - Intent to enter should be given to the NCSC office by 5pm, Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Entrants must be 12 to 18 years of age by the date of the competition. The number of entrants may be limited to the number of chuck wagons prepared or willing to participate and therefore entrants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. No entrant may cook with the a wagon to which they have ties. Entry forms may be turned in immediately prior to the competition. Prizes will be provided by the NCSC. Complete details are available in the Youth Contest Rules & Regulations below. After signing up, the NCSC will call to give the confirmation and an exact time for the contest to start (usually Friday between 4 - 4:30pm).
If you have specific questions about educational opportunities for youth at this year's National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Activities - Saturday, September 9th
Individual youth activities including paper construction of cowboy vests and hats, paint branding, creating a personal brand, and a sheriff’s badge for completing the activities. Come and go as you please in the East Pedestrian Mall - and create these fun items to take home!