Cowboys Saving Hemlocks, join the Gathering

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Good ole American Cowboys from all over, will be saving the Hemlocks by attending Wild West Days in Del Rio, Tennessee this April 1st - 4th, 2010. While most Cowboy Gatherings are out West, there's one in the East now, and their target this year is saving the Hemlock Tree.

There is a new Cowboy Gathering, and it's in the East, East Tennessee to be precise, where all of the Old West will come alive. While most of the Cowboy Gatherings are out West, a lot of Cowboys reside east of the Mississippi so it made sense to hold one in the East. While many people are interested in today's modern things, the folks that love the days of the Cowboy, with cattle drives and wagon trains, from John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy have come to enjoy these gatherings as a way to celebrate that era. Back in the 19th century, Cowboys were pretty rough on themselves as well as the environment, but now there's a chance to make up for lost time.

The 1st Annual Wild West Days in Del Rio, Tennessee, is donating 25% of the proceeds in an attempt to save the Hemlock tree. Granted, this effort might be like spitting in the wind, since its such a monumental task trying to kill a near microscopic predator of that tree, but once Cowboys determine to do something they usually make it happen, one way or the other.

Attendees of Wild West Days will enjoy a chuck wagon cook off, a historical Western tent town, a Native American village, medicine man shows, gun experts from quick draws to spinners, Single Action Shooters (SASS), and Cowboy Mounted Shooters (CMSA). In addition, Michael Martin Murphey, Belinda Gail, Waddie Mitchell and Asleep at the Wheel, will be adding their own music and poetry for entertainment during the event. The best part of all is that it is being held at the French Broad Outpost Dude Ranch so the setting is ideal for the Gathering.

This is a real chance for people living in the East to experience a Cowboy Gathering without having to fly out West, and at the same time make some mark against an intruder that is taking away one of the most majestic trees in the Appalachians, not to mention one of the most beneficiary trees to our mountain environment. So you don't have to be a Cowboy to attend, if you love the Hemlock tree or care about our environment please stop by and celebrate two great things, Cowboys and Hemlocks!

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