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Tempe, AZ, United States, 2006/08/13 - The 17th annual Festival of the West looks to pack in more Western fun and cowboy history than ever before when it hits Rawhide Western Town March 15-18, 2007 - FestivalOfTheWest.com.
Four big days of unique entertainment including Western music, cowboy poetry, Western movie screenings, meet and greets with Western film celebrities, mounted shooting competitions, chuck wagon cookin’ competition, Western art, cowboy collectibles and a huge retail show are just a few of the many events on the schedule.
The festival is consistently voted one of the Top 100 Events in the Country and selected as Reader’s Choice by True West Magazine as the Best Western Event in the country.
Keep the Western heritage alive, learn about cowboy culture and have fun at the same time. Join Western fans who travel from around the World to this one of a kind event. “It’s never too late to be a cowboy!©”
Hours are Thursday March 15 10 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission $12 adults, $11 seniors, $4 children and under age 5 free. Other special discounts will be available. Parking is free.
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass is located off I-10 Exit 162 in Phoenix.
For more information or call 602-996-4387.
Western Trade Show
The National Festival of the West provides one of the largest western shopping experiences in the country. With over 200 exhibitors, shoppers will find everything in western merchandise.
Western Music Jamboree
Three stages of continuous western music and cowboy entertainment fill the air with songs from the old and new west, performed by some of the top western entertainers in the country.
Western Film Festival
Western silver screen heroes visit with guests at The National Festival of the West. Listen in on celebrity panel discussions and learn, firsthand, what happened on the set. Visit with celebrities at auograph sessions and talk with the stars.
Log Home Show
Learn more about White Mountain recreational property. See cabin accessories and furnishings. Expand your knowledge of log homes and log home building.
Cowboy Spirit Award
Each year The National Festival of the West presents this prestigious award to men and women who have contributed to the continuance of the western life-style and who have demonstrated the characteristics so admired in the American cowboy. In 2006 Robert Horton and Morgan Woodward received the Cowboy Spirit Award.
Cowboy is a verb, not a noun. It's what you do, not a title. Using rhyming stories to tell folks about the rugged and lonely cowboy life began with the great cattle drives and continues at The National Festival of the West with some of the top cowboy poets in the country.
Fun for the Whole Family
Family was important in the old west and that focus is carried on at The National Festival of the West. Friday is KIDS DAY with children admitted Free of Charge to explore and learn about the old west. There are plenty of great children's activities held every day at the Festival.
Chuck wagons, complete with cantankerous cooks, come from all over the country to vie for prizes for the best "trail style grub." Cooking over open fires, contestants conjure up the three "Bs" -beef, beans, biscuits- plus taters and a dessert. Chuck wagons are also judged for authenticity. Grab your "eatin' irons" and be ready for some delicious grub on Saturday at the Chuck Wagon Cookoff.
Mountain Man Rendezvous & Sutler's Row
Housed in canvas tents and dressed in authentic 1830s clothing, these men and women sell goods typical of the mountain man era. Demonstrations from the period can also be observed.
The goal of the Festival is to keep the history and the spirit of the cowboy and the old west alive, says Trail Boss Mary Brown. Whether attracted by the history of the west, the legend and the lore of the cowboy, the western collectibles and exhibitors, or the romance of the Hollywood western, there is something for everyone at the National Festival of the West. Be sure to join the celebration and have a bang up good time.