“It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.”

John Ford

I’ll be the first one to tell you that though I don’t mind country music, I don’t know much about it and you probably won’t see me trading in my converse for cowboy boots any time soon. Since today is Kickin’ It County at the Saratoga Fairgrounds (a HUGE country music show you should be at RIGHT NOW!), I figured I should make my blog a little bit country today. There are some events though that I take part in that open my eyes to things that I normally wouldn’t think I’d be interested in and surprisingly, that has something to do cowboy boots.

I know Double M Western (678 Rte 67, Ballston Spa) from friends who have bought all sorts of cowboy attire there. A few weeks ago, I went in for myself. The store is broken up into two small buildings right next to each other. Looking for real cowboy attire? By that I mean, do you wear your cowboy boots for more than a fashion statement? Then, you want to talk into the building that sells saddles and other useful tools for taking care of them. If you just want a nice pair of cowboy boots, hats or belts to show off your western side, that’s the other store.

The Double M Rodeo was established in 1966 by Ronald and Kathleen Martin who, according to the website, “wanted to bring a piece of the old west to Upstate New York” and I’m glad they did. The whole area is set up to look like the old west and that’s not all, my favorite part of Double M Western is the rodeo. From Fourth of July to Labor Day Friday and Saturday Nights at 8:00pm you can enjoy a local rodeo! If you wish, come two hours earlier and for $27 you get a BBQ dinner as well as a regular adult rodeo ticket. I wasn’t able to stay for the whole thing, but they had a couple of people take part in a contest to stay on a bull and I don’t see how that’s even possible. Check it out for yourself, it’s a fun time. Make sure you buy yourself a cowboy hat before you go in!

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