The traditional cowboy is a dying breed in many parts of the world. It seems many of the cowboys that were born and raised in this area only see each other when it’s at another’s passing.  Bill McCorkle got tired of seeing his fellow cowboys only at sad times in life and decided to host the first annual Cowboy Reunion on Sat. Oct. 16.

“We wanted to get everybody together to tell a few stories and have a few laughs and have a bite to eat,” McCorkle said.

“Some of them I haven’t seen in years and they are coming from all over Texas,” McCorkle said.

Twenty cowboys, and some family members, gathered at Wayne Peveto’s barn on Wilkinson Road off FM 1130 in Orange. Bull riders, rodeo clowns, calf ropers, bucking horse riders and rodeo arena owners enjoyed some laughs  and some home-cooked food. Mr. Peveto made his famous homemade rolls to go along with the brisket, ham, sausage, potato salad, dirty rice, beans and peach cobbler provided by McCorkle.

The storytelling began without hesitation.  “We had more fun than you’d ever believe,” said Roy Cappodona from Bridge City. Jokes start flying around about the different women each cowboy used to chase and skinny dipping back in the day.

One story was told about certain cowboy would need to go the bathroom out in the woods and he would “borrow” someone’s handkerchief but never bring it back. 50 years later and he’s still upset that he lost is handkerchief.

Many that attended began rodeoing together in the 1950s and have been there for each for more than just the rodeo. “We take care of one another,” Cappodona said.

Even though many can’t ride a horse anymore, they still epitomize the meaning of a real cowboy.

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