Date(s) - 03/20/2015 - 03/22/2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Join the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation at Old Tucson for Wild West Days, an Old Tucson Signature Event, on Friday, March 20 thru Sunday, March 22! See special guests demonstrating the skills early residents needed to survive and the contributions made by the cultures that left their marks on the Arizona Sonora region.
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, scheduled performances (appearance and performance schedules subject to change without notice) will include:
- Loop Rawlins, a Quarterfinals contestant on America’s Got Talent, will amaze visitors with his incredible trick roping, bull whip artistry and stunts, and fancy gun spinning that have thrilled thousands of audiences. This young man is the consummate showman dedicated to keeping these traditions alive. From performing with Cirque Du Soleil to high-end events to rodeos, Loop Rawlins does it all.
- 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.
- Mariachi Bellas Muscial, amazing musicians and singers performing this traditional music celebrating Mexican culture on the Grand Palace stage.
Additional scheduled special appearances (subject to change) over the weekend by local historical groups include:
- Buffalo Soldiers sharing the history and contributions of these dedicated soldier in the taming and settlement of the West.
- Saturday, March 21st the Mormon Battalion and Band will present informative displays about their history including the Battalion’s role in the Civil War.
An added feature on Saturday morning, March 21 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, The High Chaparral Reunion returns to the original ranch set used in the TV series. Old Tucson guests are invited to join fans, cast and crew to celebrate 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 Henry Darrow (Manolito), Don Collier (ranch foreman Sam Butler), Rudy Ramos (Wind), Kent McCray (Producer), Susan McCray (Casting), and Neil Summers (stuntman) along with some special guests.
Wild West Days also showcases Old Tucson’s full range of western entertainment. Live shows, stunts, and musical shows. Plus Living History presentations tell stories of everyday life of Southern Arizona pioneers presented by vintage characters. Topics including The American Cowboy, Sheriffs of the Old West, The Mercantile, The Raucous Saloon 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 Studios 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!
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