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Vendors Set Up for Cowboy Christmas

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We're just a little more than two months away from Christmas, but it's never too early to start thinking about finding the perfect gift for that special someone.  And, you can do that at the 59th Annual Minot Y's Men's Rodeo.  

From cowboy hats and boots to jewelry, the upper floor of the State Fair Center gives you a look inside a cowboy's closet.

"A lot of them are handmade.  A lot of them are products that they've developed and a lot of them are ranchers themselves.  Some entered into this because their families were involved in rodeo and they needed something to do in the meantime," says trade show coordinator Shelly Weppler.

Cowboy Christmas started about six years ago as a way of reaching out to more people attending the Y's Men's Rodeo.  And, since has turned into one big party.

"We are here to help enhance the rodeo and the cowboy way of life," says Weppler.

Thirty-four vendors from across the map are showcasing their one-of-a-kind items during the course of the Rodeo.  But, they're doing it for a good cause.  All of the booth rental costs will be donated to Minot Y's Men's Rodeo's philanthropy.

"The Y Camp in this area is just such a great camp and the Y's Men have worked for 60 years to add that to their fund and this is another way for us to extend that out to have another revenue source, so we can look at continuing that camp for years to come," says Weppler.

And, if you've ever wondered what it's like on top of a bull, you can do that at Cowboy Christmas thanks to Big Sky Rides.

"It's a 500 pound stuffed bull.  And, these people have come here from Montana and they will take pictures on the bull," says Weppler.

When it's all said and done, Weppler says Cowboy Christmas has been a success if they've done one thing: help the kids.

"To see this and then to know that the end result of it is doing good for someone, it is just the frosting on top of the cake," says Weppler.

Booths at Cowboy Christmas will be open tonight through Sunday.

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