The Texas Cowboy Reunion was founded in 1930 by 13 local businessmen to counteract the Depression morale and celebrate the cowboy heritage. The Reunion is a three-day annual event that takes place in Stamford, Texas, and attracts people from across the nation. It is a gathering of working hands, not professional rodeo cowboys. Held in conjunction with the rodeo are the Texas Old-Timers Reunion, Texas Quarter Horse Show, and the John Selmon Memorial Art Show. The Reunion has enlarged the rodeo repertoire with such events as wild-cow milking, the cutting horse contest, old-timers calf roping, and barrel racing all originating in Stamford.