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National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration

Who We Are

The National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the purpose to celebrate, preserve and pass along our western heritage and cowboy culture. To achieve  this, the NCSC organizes and hosts an annual western heritage event in Lubbock - and one that has earned award recognitions and a national reputation.

The NCSC organization is completely run by volunteers! We could not host the event without the dedication of a legion of volunteers who come each year to help with various aspects of the event.




What We Do

The art of the American Cowboy exists in his poetry, music, and writings.

Cowboys of the American West developed a “Cowboy Culture” of their own with values and traditions such as self-dependence, individualism, personal honesty and a brand of western chivalry. These positive values are often portrayed in the composition of today’s cowboy and western poetry, stories, music and writings - all of which are presented at the annual event. Passing along the cultural traditions, values, and history of yesterday, and keeping the modern culture alive are what makes this unique event an important part of today’s “Cowboy Culture.”

The NCSC is True West Magazine's Readers Choice 2017 Best Chuck Wagon Dinner & Show recipient as well as the Editor's Choice 2017 Best Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Other awards have included recognition as Best Cowboy Music Gathering, and many Top 10 lists. 

The event includes: Cowboy music, poetry, storytelling, history sessions, horse parade, Native American activities & demonstrations, horse demonstrations, youth activities, western merchandise, and fun for the entire family!

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