LAKE LUZERNE — Local residents and visitors alike can take a look back at one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions during a “Ranches, Rodeos and Wranglers” cultural history weekend this Friday to Sunday. The event is part of this year’s Warren County bicentennial celebration. In the post-World War II era, when dude ranches were at their peak, thousands of people would spend summer vacations at places throughout the greater Lake George region. The tradition continues today at Painted Pony Ranch in Lake Luzerne, 1,000 Acres in Stony Creek, Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George and Ridin’ Hy in Warrensburg. Most activities will take place at Painted Pony starting at 4 p.m. Friday with a meet-and-greet reception followed by a 6 p.m. barbecue dinner and rodeo ($20). On Saturday, there will be another 6 p.m. barbecue dinner and rodeo. The weekend concludes Sunday with a full roundup of events, including storytelling by ranch owners, staff and guests accented with displays; and exhibits, on-site book sales and signings. People also may view old photo albums, take part in an oral history project and enjoy an old-fashioned chicken-and-biscuit dinner, music and dancing. Day passes (good for 1 to 8 p.m.) are available for $10 or $20 including dinner. Guest speakers will recognize those who were most instrumental in creating the idea for horseback riding, ranch and rodeo vacations, whose origins date back almost 100 years to the 1920s. “Ranches, Rodeos and Wranglers” is part of this year’s Warren County bicentennial celebration. In the 1950s, when ranches were at their peak, thousands of people would spend summer horseback riding vacations in the local region. Many single young men and women got married after meeting at such places, the topic of a “Romance on the Ranch” discussion. “Country cowboys and city cowgirls make for some fine storytelling,” said Pam Morin, event spokesperson. “She arrives by train for her summer vacation, meets the wrangler, falls in love, marries the cowboy and stays forever. What could be more perfect?” At one time there were five ranches and 10 cowboy bars on Route 9N alone, in the Lake Vanare area between Lake George and Lake Luzerne. “It was the place to go,” Morin said. This history weekend is all about people reminiscing with old friends about such establishments. There were too many to name them all, but the list includes the Rustic Inn, Brass Bucket, Silver Dollar, Totem Inn, Kastner’s Western Motel, Bennett’s Riding Stables, Northwoods, Rocky Ridge and Painted Pony. Sun Canyon, in Thurman, was one of the largest dude ranches in the East. Other prominent names are in the surrounding area are 1,000 Acres in Stony Creek, Flying L and Circle B in Chestertown, Ridin Hy in Warrensburg, the stables at Bennett’s and Ruggerio’s in Lake Luzerne and the Wild West and Saddle Up in Lake George. Many organizations have played and continue to be part of the dude ranch business such as the Dude Ranch Trail Association, Warren County Sheriff’s mounted patrol, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, First Frontier Circuit, the Adirondack Stampede and the New York State High School Rodeo Association. Call for information and reservations, call (518) 696-7184 or (518) 696-2838.