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Western Days Festival to feature 5K race to benefit cancer research

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Runners pose for a photo at a past race to benefit The Cure Starts Now. The Cowboy Run at the Lewisville Western Days Festival will benefit the North Texas chapter of The Cure Starts Now. (Photo courtesy of The Cure Starts Now)

The upcoming annual Lewisville Western Days Festival will include the Cowboy Run 5K, which will benefit The Cure Starts Now, a nonprofit that supports pediatric cancer research.

The race will be run on the morning of Sept. 30 in honor of Sydney Bjornberg, a Highland Village girl who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in May 2012. She died just over a year later at the age of 12, and her parents, Steve and Michelle Bjornberg, formed the North Texas chapter of The Cure Starts Now.

Click here to register for the race. The fee to participate is $35, which includes a race T-shirt, finisher’s gift, drink and snack.

The Lewisville Western Days Festival from Sept. 29-30 will feature 20-30 Texas longhorns. (Photo courtesy of the city of Lewisville)

The race will be just one part of the Western Days Festival, a unique event “designed to showcase the history and spirit of the West,” according to the city, Sept. 29-30. It’ll feature Western-themed events, attractions, food, shopping and entertainment, and there will be national and regional live music and entertainment on three different stages.

Festival-goers will be able to partake in unique arts and crafts vendors, gunfight re-enactments, Native American singers and dancers, the World Tamale Eating Championship and car shows.

The Denton County Transportation Authority will provide free shuttle service for the Lewisville Western Days Festival from Sept. 29-30. (Image courtesy of DCTA)

Family fun will include a multitude of children’s activities in our Kid Kountry area, face painters, strolling entertainers and the annual Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Cattle Drive Parade, featuring 20-30 head of Texas longhorns, according to the city.

The Denton County Transportation Authority will provide free shuttle services to and from the festival, from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 30. The shuttles will run every 20 minutes and pick up passengers from the Old Town and Hebron Stations and drop them off near the festival grounds.

For more information about the festival, click here or call 972-219-3401.

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