Cowgirls and Gypsies- Salute to AmericaSubmitted: 08/26/2013
Cowgirls and Gypsies- Salute to America
Story By Hayley Tenpas

EAGLE RIVER - We honor America every 4th of July.

We often celebrate with parades, picnics and fireworks.

Some Eagle River girls are taking time to honor our nation the entire summer, and they're doing it on horseback.

Jenna and Jessica team up to perform "Cowgirls and Gypsies- Salute to America"

The show features Gypsy Horses, Rex and Henry.

The horses are a rare breed.

Only about 4 thousand of them are in the United States.

Together they ride along to patriotic songs.

"We have the 'Star Spangled Banner,' which we have at the beginning to show that we respect our flag, and it's something that should be respected. Then we do, 'Proud to be an American', because we are very proud to be American, and then we do 'Color me America' for our finale," said Jenna Kukanich.

The girls and horses have been training together for 6 months.

This is the first year of the show.

"Watching them perform is just, amazing and to see that they really do love what they're doing is awesome," said mom Laura Bonson.

"Cowgirls and Gypsies" performed at the Vilas County fair this summer.

They'll be there again next year.

They are looking for more opportunities to perform.

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ARBOR VITAE - An Arbor Vitae restaurant may be relatively new to the area, but regulars quickly started packing the place every Friday for fish fry.

Ron and Marlena Schisel opened Outback 51 about a year ago.

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Bluegill is the favorite plate at this fish fry.

" Surprisingly we sell more bluegill more than any other fish. It is a Northwood's native fish, people want to see if it takes the fish that they have when they clean fish," says Ron.

Outback 51 serves fish fry Fridays starting at 11 a.m.

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