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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -
The 74th Annual Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo is slowly making its way to Lake Charles.
Cowboys and cowgirls saddled up on Saturday morning for a week-long trail ride with covered wagons pulled by horses.
The ride started in Gueydan and will end up in Lake Charles.
"What we are really trying to do is promote western heritage. They used to do this trail ride every year and it hasn't been done for at least seven or eight years. So, we are trying to bring it back," said Glenn Daigle. "We have been having a real good time. A lot of people came out to welcome us and stand on the sidewalk and support us."
On the fifth day of the trail ride they find themselves rolling through Iowa. Peggy Trahan and her husband have been along for the ride every step of the way.
"Oh, it's been great. We've been sleeping in our wagon at night. We ride each day. We go a little further and further each day until we get to Lake Charles where the rodeo is," said Trahan.
The Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo brings with it more than just cowboys, horses and bulls. It also brings lots of business.
"We have a lot of people that come to town for the rodeo and spend money. According to a study, the rodeo brings in about $2 million to the area with people staying in hotels and eating at restaurants," Daigle said.
From their hats to their boots, the one thing they can't put a price on is preserving their country roots.
"My dad did it. I do it. All my kids do it. Now all my grand babies do it too," said Dirk Deshotel.
The cowboys and cowgirls will have a parade at 3:30 p.m. Thursday from the old Sel-Mart on Ryan Street to the McNeese State University football stadium.
The rodeo runs from Thursday to Saturday at Burton Coliseum.
You can find more on the event HERE or on the event's website.