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50 Years in 50 Weeks: May 17, 1972 Chaotic Cowboy Contest

by Jim Provenzano

Bay Area Reporter

Friday April 9, 2021

50 Years in 50 Weeks: May 17, 1972 Chaotic Cowboy Contest

The Covered Wagon bar hosted the 1972 Mr. Cowboy contest, but things didn't go well, as reported in the B.A.R.'s May 17 issue. While strapping Ken Rector, who then worked as a bartender at the Bachelor Club, was given the title, many in attendance were "stirred into a frenzy of accusations, charges and counter-charges of fraud, fake fix and cheat." Rector and two other contestants entered on horseback — yes, a real horse — among 23 total contestants.

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