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Portrait of Grant Harris

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Portrait of Grant Harris
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portraits
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Harris, Grant
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Arts--New Jersey
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Topic
You're U.S.
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Topic
Rodeo
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Topic
Cowtown Rodeo
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Topic
Cowtown flea market
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South Jersey
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UNITED STATES
State
New Jersey
County
Salem County
City
Pilesgrove (N.J.)
Abstract (type = abstract)
This is a portrait of Grant Harris, owner of Cowtown Rodeo and Cowtown Flea Market. It was created as a part of the You're U.S. project (http://youreus.com/). Created by Emile Klein, You’re U.S. is a unique ethnographic project using arts and craftsmanship to display the distinctive character of people across America.
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Portrait by Emile B. Klein. Oil on linen, mounted on panel, 12×18″.
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You're U.S. is fiscally sponsored by Artspire, a program of The New York Foundation for the Arts.
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Klein
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Emile B.
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Artist
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Harris
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Grant
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2011-11-16
Place
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Pilesgrove, NJ
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TitleInfo
Title
Biographical essay of Grant Harris
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http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3R49P3B
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Audio interview of Grant Harris
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http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T30P0XC3
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You're U.S.
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rucore00000002176
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Each person in the You're U.S. collection is represented by an original artistic sketch painted by Emile Klein, an audio interview, and a brief biography written by the literary staff of You're U.S.
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Biographical essay of Grant Harris
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http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3R49P3B
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Audio interview of Grant Harris
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http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T30P0XC3
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You're US: New Jersey
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2011
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Klein, Emile B.
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Biographer
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Johnson, Dirk
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Audio Producer
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Hoff, Christopher
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Artist
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Klein, Emile B.
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Grant Harris
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A long time ago, Grant Harris told a fib about a stud horse being dead. Soon afterwards, his prize colt was killed in a freak accident. Call it whatever you want. A strange coincidence. Karma. A lesson from God.

Harris says he got the message.

"That's the price you pay, dumbass, for telling a lie."

Harris is the owner of Cowtown, the oldest weekly rodeo in America, located in, of all places, New Jersey.

This old cowboy sleeps well at night staying honest and close to the cow-pied earth. "Manure," he says, "is just water and grass and a pinch of salt."

Since 1955, people have been coming to Cowtown in Salem County, N.J., about 120 miles south of New York, to watch cowboys astride bucking horses and bulls, and to look for bargains at the flea market, which dates to the '20s.

Salem County remains largely farm country. Plenty of city people have been moving here over the years, however, drawn by the open spaces. It can take newcomers a bit to adjust to the ways of agricultural life.

Urban people don't always understand that "you operate tractors even on the weekends," says Harris, or that livestock can occasionally break out of the farm fences and "wind up grazing in your backyard."

The flea market, which Cowtown bills as the original farmer's market, has attracted a diverse group of customers in recent years, with significant numbers of African-American and Latino people browsing the wares.

"People on a budget are looking for bargains," says Harris, who has changed some of his merchandise to suit the changing customer base.

Harris follows his father and grandfather in running Cowtown. He knows from experience that family and business can be a difficult mix. His grandfather, "a born showman," and his father, "a real nuts-and-bolts" kind of guy, were often at odds. Harris himself was kicked out of the house at age 19 by his dad. He joined the rodeo circuit, but found his way back home.

He and his wife, Betsy, live in a comfortable, rustic-themed house at Cowtown, but he confesses he would be just as happy living in the little mobile home they once shared.

Harris is the 13th generation of the family in these parts, going back to the late 1600s. "My people got off the boat in 1690-something," he said. "We've migrated about 10 miles in more than 300 years. We don't get out much."

In fact, he has traveled plenty, including spending a lot of time in New York City, where he has staged rodeos at Madison Square Garden.

But he feels lucky to be near the pasture, rising at 5 a.m. to "saddle up a horse and go tend to cattle." When evening comes, he can relax, bone-tired from an honest day's work. Even on a 21st Century ranch in New Jersey, it's the old cowboy way.
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Portrait of Grant Harris
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An interview with Grant Harris, owner of Cowtown Rodeo and Cowtown Flea Market in NJ.
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doi:10.7282/T3VX0DVB
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This resource is protected by copyright. You may make use of this resource, with proper attribution, for educational and other non-commercial uses only. Please contact You're U.S. to obtain permission for reproduction, publication, and commercial use.
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Klein
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Emile B.
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Emile B. Klein
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Permission/Release form for Emile B. Klein
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Open
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Permission or license
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