Get ready for a rip roarin’ good time as Old Tucson presents Wild West Days – a salute to southwestern History, Heritage and Culture on Friday, March 30 thru Sunday, April 1, 2012! If you’re looking for an experience to remember, don’t miss the 3rd Annual Wild West Days! This three-day festival celebrates Old Tucson’s emergence as Southern Arizona’s destination for showcasing local History, Culture and Heritage in the western tradition. This exciting event pleases all ages with an array of daily educational presentations as well as exciting entertainment and activities.
If you haven’t visited Old Tucson in the last four months, you haven’t visited! In addition to a new Native Village, you’ll love Heritage Square featuring twelve new building sets and three new streets that bring back some of the magic of Old Tucson. Hollywood Production Designer Gene Rudolph whose credits include western classics Young Guns 2, The Great Gatsby and The Right Stuff, among others, created the design for the project. Heritage Square provides a backdrop for audiences to experience the Old West as it was meant to be experienced.
New Heritage, Culture and History Focus
Learn what the Old West was really like with Living History Presentations that are both educational and entertaining. Vintage characters throughout the town cover topics including Schools on the Frontier, Travel by Stagecoach, The Life of a Sheriff as well as several other interesting subjects.
Special Wild West Days Entertainment & Activities
In addition, Wild West Days showcases Southern Arizona’s history, culture and heritage with special entertainment, demonstrations and displays including:
To say Kowboy Kal is a talented western showman is an understatement. This extraordinary entertainer will mesmerize you with his fancy rope tricks, gun play and bull whip handling all while standing on horseback! Kowboy Kal is a Guinness Book World Record Holder for the Largest Wedding Ring Loop (100 feet), a winner of the Will Rogers award for his elaborate trick roping and has been named “Wild West Showman of the year” in Las Vegas, Nevada. This national champion six gun spinner has been featured in a number of films and commercials and has been performing around the world more than a decade. Don’t miss your chance to see this highly esteemed western entertainer.
Sourdough Slim is a one-man marvel who has astounded countless audiences with his accordion, guitar, harmonica playing, award winning yippie-ti-yi yodeling, comedic sketches and dancing. He lights up the stage to say the least. He has won numerous awards for his performances and is hailed as a must-see performer. This cowboy puts on an authentic vaudeville style performance in the Will Rogers tradition. Sourdough Slim has sold out shows all over the world – a testament to his incredible talent, infectious smile and boundless energy that leaves audiences in awe.
Mysterioso and Madame Zaronee
Madame Zaronee is a fourth-generation gypsy with the gift for seeing into the future. She’ll be happy to read your palm; are you ready to learn what she sees?
You won’t be able to tell this “Gabby” from America’s favorite sidekick, the late great western movie star Gabby Hayes. A leading man in his own right, he’ll tickle your funny bone with tall tales from the silver screen he shared with legends like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Wild Bill Elliott and John Wayne.
Old Pueblo Gunfighters in cowboy garb will demonstrate their skills by racing against the clock to draw and fire as fast as possible while maintaining accuracy. Greenhorns with wild streak will be able to try their own hand at the sport for a donation.
Late 1800’s Weapons Demonstrations
Gary Harper, Weapons Expert and Military historian will demonstrate the Gatling Gun, a ten barreled machine gun capable of firing 800 rounds a minute as well as long and short arm weapons and various guns of the Wild West. The Gatling Gun is a monumental piece of weaponry known for it’s reliability in the battlefield. Gary and his Gatling Guns have made an appearance in the motion picture The Last Samurai (2003) starring Tom Cruise. Gary has also been a weapons consultant for the movies Master and Commander: Far side of the World (2003) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007). He also starred on Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior, Season 3 as the military historian and weapons expert for Teddy Roosevelt and his Gatling Gun. The Gatling Gun, as stunning as it is deadly, attracts audiences wherever it goes. Gary has demonstrated the powerful firing ability at several events in California and Arizona. Don’t miss this amazing display of firepower!
Old Tucson is honored to present the Buffalo Soldiers encampment and display in collaboration with the Tenth Cavalry E Troop, Tucson. Members of the Buffalo Soldiers will proudly post the colors (flag raising) each day and interact with guests all while dressed in the exact replica U.S. Union Army 1870’s Indian Wars time period uniforms. Be sure to join them for Cowboy Church in the Chapel, Sunday!
Escaramuzas Florecitas Del Desierto (Desert Flowers)
Old Tucson is proud to include the Escaramuzas Florecitas Del Desierto in Wild West Days. These lovely ladies between the ages of 10 and 40 – keep the tradition of the “Escaramuza” and the “Charreria” alive and authentic. The group performs precision drills at gallop speeds and complex maneuvers all while impressively riding side saddle. Eight riders or more circle, fan, cross, pass and spiral to traditional Mariachi music. These ladies follow strict rules in accordance to their beautiful attire which consists of the “Adelita” style dresses, boots, spurs and sombreros. The Florecitas compete professionally at State, Regional and National Levels of Competition and also perform social events and parades, including the Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Old Tucson Signature Entertainment & Activities
In addition to new and special offerings, experience western family fun including signature gunfights, stunt shows and musical revues plus rides and games for all ages! Strike it rich at Pan for Gold or shoot “the gun that won the west.” The shooting gallery provides irresistible fun and is perfect for a cowboy or cowgirl in training.
Enjoy an authentic southwestern BBQ at Big Jakes or take a bite out of a fresh hand tossed pizza at the Pony Express. If you’re in the mood for sweets, Phoebe’s fresh, made onsite fudge and specialty treats that hearken back to by gone days will cure your sweet tooth. At the Big Scoop, the name says it all – generous servings of delectable Ice Cream or a fresh cup of coffee or espresso.
No trip to the Old West would be complete without shopping! Remember your visit with a souvenir or two. Choose from one-of-a-kind western décor and collectables to renowned Mata Ortiz pottery to elegant southwest jewelry to period western garb. Or take home a memory of a day of western fun with an Old-Time portrait from our Photo Emporium. Visit Olsen’s Mercantile and The Last Outpost for the finest western memorabilia offered for sale anywhere.
Wild West Days is included with Old Tucson regular admission of $16.95 for adults (age 12 and over) and $10.95 for children (ages 4-11). Old Tucson offers a 10% discount AAA, Senior and Military up to four guests per proof of eligibility. New – limited time AZ Resident Discount! Buy one regular adult admission and get one admission of equal or lesser value free! Requires a valid Arizona ID to show at the gate. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Please Note: Pets are not permitted at Old Tucson with the exception of Service Animals as defined by Arizona state or Federal Law.