Are you a fan of John Wayne movies, TV shows like “Gunsmoke” or just love anything connected to the Old West? Then here is an event that you won’t want to miss. Williamsburg, Ohio is playing host to their annual Old West Festival where visitors will feel like they have been transported back to the Dodge City of 1878.
Old West Festival Running every Saturday and Sunday from September 6 through October 12, this family-friendly and educational festival will bring the Old West back to life with lots of fun activities that all ages can enjoy. Being held at an authentic, permanent re-created Wild West town, the 7th annual Old West Festival gives visitors a little taste of what life may have been like in a frontier town in that era of American history.
Visitors will be greeted by period -costumed interpreters who will even pose for photos.
There will be lots of activities for the children including panning for gold, watching puppet shows, participating in a family sing-along to period music (Do you know “Coming Around the Mountain?”), taking a ride in a covered wagon, pony rides, riding the A & A Express electric train and they can even be sworn in as a deputy for the day.
One of the big attractions at the Old West Festival is the four gunfight re-enactments presented by The Big Iron Rangers each Saturday and Sunday of the event starting at high noon.
Other activities at the Old West Festival include performances by a magician, a costume contest, a Medicine Show, Prairie Readings, the Pickled Brothers Sideshow, the Dodge House Circus and performances of an old fashioned melodrama.
Other highlights include a Saloon Show featuring Miss Melody Star and her Dancing Girls and performances by Rider Kiesner ( a national trick rope champion). You might even witness a Shotgun Wedding. Also check out the Cowboy Capital Corral where you can see the Congress of Tough Riders challenge, rodeo drill teams and occasionally some mounted shooting.
Live Bluegrass musical acts will be performing on the stage throughout each of the days of the Festival.
Visitors will also have the chance to purchase handmade craft items (including period merchandise) while at the Festival. Some of the items include Pioneer dolls, wood toys and puzzles, Native American jewelry, walking sticks, leather holsters, hunting and saddle bags, boots, cowboy hats, chaps, pottery, dream catchers, Western vintage clothing, Western art and wood flutes. And there will be the opportunity to get an Old Time Photo.
There will be lots of food available for purchase. Just some of the food items are buffalo burgers, Texas style roast beef, baby back ribs, barbecue chicken, rattlesnake chili, trail beef stew, sweet potato fries, bean soup and fruit cups and ice cream.
Hours for the Old West Festival are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from September 6 – October 12. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children (6-12). Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Old West Festival call 866-937-8337 or get online at www.oldwestfestival.com.
The Old West Festival is being held at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd. in Williamsburg, Ohio. Williamsburg is 240 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3 hour, 50 minute drive.