SA Stock Show and Rodeo introduces 'Cowboy Boot Camp'


SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is two and a half weeks of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, cowboys and cowgirls.

But during the annual run of the rodeo, there is also education.

One of the newest attractions is the Cowboy Boot Camp. It is designed for the youngest buckaroos to provide some hands-on experience dealing with the ways of the west.

"It's awesome. The kids really seem to love it and it's very interactive," said Stacy Harlohs, who brought her 4-year-old son Hunter on Wednesday.

The boot camp has 10 stations with activities from panning for gold to saddling up a "pony" to milking a cow.

Kids can also try their hand at roping or making a rope by hand.

"They just love something they can actually make (and) get to take home," said Sherry Gavlick, the owner and manager of the Cowboy Boot Camp. "It's bringing an old art back so they can understand how it was way back in the Old West."

The exhibit has made a big difference for parents.

"I love it. You know, last year we came and I didn't feel like there was enough stuff for the kids to do. This year if feels like there is a lot more," said Therese Shields, the mother of a 6-year-old.

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