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9/2/2004

Age Of The Gunfighter

We’re a gettin’ ready to head out fer Wichita town this weekend. Old Cowtown Museum is featuring the “Age of the Gunfighter”. It’ll be a rip-roarin’ weekend of gunfights and ornery characters. Jest the kind that’ll need some of our Drovers Mercantile clothes! So… If yer anywhars near the area come on out to Old Cowtown Museum and visit our “branch” store for the weekend. Check out the news release below. 
Contact: Sandy Evans, Director of Marketing 
(316) 264-0671 ext. 105  
sevans@sedgwick.gov 
www.old-cowtown.org 
 
Cowtown Hosts National Gunfight Group, Living History & Fast-Draw Competitions 
During Age of the Gunfighter Event, Labor Day Weekend 
 
Wichita, Kan – America’s most talented Old West reenactors will be in Wichita on Labor Day weekend to compete for prizes and national honors. Old Cowtown Museum will host the American Federation of Old West Reenactors (AFOWR) on September 4 and 5 for their Grand National Gunfight Group and Living History Championships during Age of the Gunfighter event sponsored by KFDI FM.  
Gunfighter groups from Wichita and across the nation will be judged on presentation and performance, comedy, drama, period-correct clothing and accessories as well as historic accuracy. Groups will perform throughout the day on Saturday with finals starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday. A fast-draw contest will also show talent of accuracy and speed of reenactors. Contest is at 12:15 on Saturday with finals at 12:15 on Sunday.  
The Living History Division of the event will showcase reenactors from Wichita and across the nation portraying a variety of Old West legends, heroes and outlaws. Living historians will present their character in first-person before judges and visitors in the Museum’s Turnverein Hall. After the presentation, judges will ask questions about the character and surrounding circumstances such as relationships with family members and community residents. Reenactors will portray characters including J. B. “Wild Bill” Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Y. Nelson, Billy Dixson, Colonel George Armstrong Custer, Wild Horse Harry, John Henry “Doc” Holliday, Margaret Borland and Big Nose Kate. All competitors will perform on Saturday with finals on Sunday. 
More than 150 reenactors are expected to compete and perform throughout the weekend. 
“We are delighted to host so many experienced and accomplished reenactors during one event and provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for residents in the surrounding area,” said Jan McKay, Executive Director of Old Cowtown Museum, “We hope that performers and their families will enjoy their visit to Wichita.” 
AFOWR is a non-profit fraternity of dedicated living historians and Old West performers from throughout the United States who believe in historical education through entertainment. Members strive to represent America’s Old West history accurately with proper clothing, accouterments and information regarding the people and events of the frontier and late 19th century.  
The Museum is also hosting the Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association as they compete throughout Saturday and Sunday. Cowboy mounted shooting is a timed event where mounted contestants maneuver through patterns while shooting at targets for speed and accuracy. According to Don Ring, spokesman for the organization, cowboy mounted shooting is the fastest growing equestrian sport in Kansas.  
Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday include performances by the Dixie Lee Dance Troupe & Varieties and live music by Clif and Kathy Major.  
Additional activities throughout the weekend and into Monday, September 6, include a gun display showcasing a collection of rifles, pistols and shotguns from the 1860s to 1890s, games for kids, branding at the drovers’ camp, live music by the Harmonica Hombres, old-time photos by Tin Lizzie and merchants selling period goods. Food and edible treats will be available for purchase in the Saloon and the Chuckwagon Café as well as local vendors.  
Guest reenactors of The Chuck Wagon Crew will demonstrate an authentic 19th century chuckwagon experience on all three days. Their specialty demonstrations include cooking cowboy stew, beans, biscuits, cobbler while using Dutch ovens and kettles, period clothing and tools. They have participated in chuckwagon competitions and festivals throughout the Midwest.  
The Cowtown Kid Deputy promotion is continuing. Children ages 4 to 11 with paid admission will receive a marshal’s badge and be “officially deputized.” Each badge entitles the child to free Museum admission until October 31, 2004 and the opportunity to enjoy fun experiences while learning at the same time.  
Located at 1871 Sim Park Drive in Wichita, Kan., Old Cowtown Museum is open Monday through Saturday. Hours for the Age of the Gunfighter event are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. All special event activities are included with regular Museum admission prices: $7 for adults; $6.50 for seniors 62 and older; $5 for students 12–17 years of age; $4 for children ages 4-11. Children 3 and under as well as members are admitted free. For more information, visit www.old-cowtown.org or call (316) 264-6398. 
 

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