Fun and Interactive Presentations
Have a "Hoot of a good time" with our programs!
"Hitch up your saddles!" "Slap on your boots!" "Bridle your ponies!" "Slip on your ten gallon hats" and "Ride the happy trails"
with "Miss Erika" the Cowgirl!
Like "Miss Erika" cowboy fun facts?
Answer: Christopher Columbus brought them from Spain in the late 1400's.
Answer - When the cattle drive from the Southwest ended at the far off train station to transport them East the cows did not want to go up the train ramps into the cattle cars. This forced the cowboys to use long sticks and gently "poke" the little critters to direct them to go up the ramps.
Answer - It is most likely a corruption of the Spanish phrase "tan galon" which means "so gallant." When the early English-speaking settlers asked the Spanish cowboy what kind of hat he was wearing, he proudly replied a sombrero "tan galon," meaning both he and his hat were "so gallant" and brave.
Ranchers and farmers did not get along once barbed wire was introduced on the range because the wire restricted the cattle movements at the end of the 1800's.
The farm owner would tell the workmen to come to the dance and put their "Hoe Down" assuming that they were hoeing the fields for planting crops. The ranch owner would invite the cowboys to wear their best dress-up spurs to the big dance. These spurs could dig into the dance partners shins- therefore the dance was called a "Shin-dig." Cowboys would not usually wear their spurs to the dances or they would dance solo.
(As it turns out, this really isn't true, but the little buckaroos love it!)
A partial listing of program locations "Miss Erika" the Cowgirl has presented:
- Bright Start Daycare
- Chesterbrooke Academy
- Early Childhood Learning Center - Gap, PA
- Ephrata Mom's Group
- Hildebrandt Preschool Learning Center
- H. C. Burgard Elementary School
- James Buchanan Elementary School
- Kinderhook Preschool Children's Learning Center
- Lancaster Country Day Preschool
- Landis Homes Preschool
- Owl Hill Learning Center
- Preschool Express
- 517 Queen Street Preschool
- Small Wonder Preschool Academy
- St. Paul Church Academy
- St. Peters Boro Preschool
- St. Petersburg Preschool
- The Mix at Arbor Place
- U-Gro Academy Preschool, Daycare HACC
- United Church of Lancaster Co-op Preschool
- Women's and Babies Unit of Lancaster General Hospital
"Miss Erika's" Program Presentation
"Miss Erika" is Wow!
Lancaster Newspaper's "Reader's Choice" First Place for Pediatric Dental Practice for 2015 and 2014 was given to the Cowboy Dentists.
"Miss Erika" is Real!