Booth Western Art Museum turns 8
by Amanda Stegall
Aug 21, 2011 | 2643 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nicholas, left, and Alex Repp got a chance to rope a steer at the Booth Western Art Museum’s eighth birthday Saturday. They attended the event with their grandparents Debbie and Bob Barton.
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The American West was alive and thriving as community members invaded the Booth Western Art Museum Saturday for the museum's eighth birthday.

Wagon rides under the bridge and around the block brought delight to children and adults of all ages. In the ballroom, children were entertained as they tossed lassoes around a stationary bull, played corn hole, colored bandannas and created bear claw necklaces. Special programming in the theater included history of the West through music and film.

"I like that this is a calm, safe environment for children," said Alison Athens-Moore of White as she walked a small group of children out of the ballroom and on to their next event while 4-year-old Anastasia said she enjoyed the wagon rides the most.

Considering the heat, two teams of horses were on hand to rotate the wagon rides around the area to avoid overheating the animals.

"We've had a good crowd," said Peggy Cline, assistant museum educator, as she straightened up the bead table where children gathered to create an Indian bear claw necklace. "We also have games and puzzles that go along with the exhibits upstairs for the kids to do."

Museum staff members said approximately 400 people turned out for the birthday celebration, which included a free lunch and cake for museum members.

The next event hosted by the Booth is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 20 through 23 as the community saddles up for the annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium.