Date(s) - 03/18/2016 - 03/20/2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday, March 18 thru Sunday, March 20, 2016
Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation present Wild West Days, an Old Tucson Signature Event, on Friday, March 18 thru Sunday, March 20! See special guests demonstrating the skills early residents needed to survive and the contributions made by the cultures that left their marks on the region and enjoy a festive Wild West Days parade.
This three-day festival complements Old Tucson’s expanded focus on showcasing the History, Culture and Heritage of the Arizona Sonora Region. Throughout each of the three days of the festival, activities include a Wild West Days parade as well as scheduled performances (appearance and performance schedules subject to change without notice) will include:
Kowboy Kal is the real deal! He is an old-school Wild West Entertainer who specializes in old-timefun for adults and children alike. Fancy trick roping, gun play and bull whips sometimes even while standing on horseback! After watching him perform his rope tricks you’ll swear he was born with a rope in his hand. He is a Guinness Book World Record Holder of the Largest Wedding Ring Loop (100 feet)! Kowboy Kal will be performing and interacting with Old Tucson guests each day of the event.
Gary Harper, noted weapons expert, will demonstrate large and small arms including the Gatling gun, one of the best known early rapid-fire weapons and a forerunner of the modern machine gun. Gary has consulted with and provided historical military weapons for a number of film and television productions including The Last Samurai, 3:10 to Yuma, Deadliest Warrior, Sons of Guns, and True Caribbean Pirates. Gary will share his knowledge and expertise each day of the event.
Mariachi Bellas Musical, amazing all-women musicians and singers, with performances of this traditional music celebrating Mexican culture on the Grand Palace stage each day of the even.
Songs of the West with Buck Helton, recording artist and Western Music Association member, performing music from both the “real” west and the “reel” west.
Additional scheduled special appearances (subject to change) over the weekend by local historical groups include:
Buffalo Soldiers will share the history and contributions of these dedicated soldiers in the taming and settlement of the West on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday morning will feature the return of The High Chaparral Reunion from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Guest are invited to join fans, cast, and crew members of the show at the original ranch set used in the TV series for a celebration of the ground-breaking, highly acclaimed NBC Western The High Chaparral, now being re-broadcast on the INSP network.
High Chaparral alumni scheduled to appear include Don Collier (ranch foreman Sam Butler), Rudy Ramos (Wind), Kent McCray (Producer), Susan McCray (Casting), Neil Summers (stuntman), and Barbara Luna along with some special guests.
Wild West Days also showcases Old Tucson’s full range of western entertainment including live stunt and musical shows as well as Living History presentations describing everyday lives of Southern Arizona pioneers. Topics include The American Cowboy, Sheriffs of the Old West, The General Mercantile, and more. These entertaining yet educational experiences allow guests a glimpse into what daily life was like on the western frontier.
Wild West Days is included in the regular Old Tucson Admission price of $17.95 for adults and $10.95 for children (ages 4-11). Children 3 and under are always admitted free. Admission to this event is included with your Old Tucson Wagon Wheel Season Pass!