Porterville certainly has plenty of cowboy heritage. And of course one of the signature events that celebrates Porterville’s heritage is the Jackass Mail Run.

So it’s appropriate the two will be combined on Saturday an en event to celebrate cowboys and cowgirls.

Porterville will celebrate The National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday evening with a free family-oriented event at Centennial Park. The National Day of the Cowboy began in 2005 and is held every fourth Saturday of July to celebrate the cowboy culture. 

Since City of Porterville Leisure Services Supervisor Tonya Hall was the 2019 Jackass Mail Run Wagonmaster she figured it only made sense the Jackass Mail Run would be a part of Saturday’s event. Free Jackass Main Run horse drawn rides will be provided for free beginning at 5:30 p.m., although donations will be taken.

There will also be activities for the kids including similuted steer roping and quick draw contests with water guns.

Popular local band Jerry Hall & Trick Shot will be at the event to perform music and cowboy poetry beginnin at 7 p.m.

The event will also feature special guest John Bergstrom who performs traditional Western music. Begstrom has been nominated for Western Performer of the Year four times by the Academy of Western Artists. He was also nominated for Best Album and Best Song in 2016 by the Academy of Western Artists.

Tonya Hall said it’s a natural to combine the Jackass Mail Run with the cowboy celebration to celebrate Porterville’s heritage.

“It’s just a celebration of the history and the heritage of cowboys and cowgirls and we’re planning on celebrating that in Porterville,” she said.

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and food to the event.

Hall also said it’s a credit to Porterville it has a place like Centennial Park downtown to hold family-oriented events. “It’s a perfect spot,” she said.

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