Trigger-happy cowboys are coming to Cowtown on Saturday, Aug. 30 for the always exciting Age of the Gunfighter event. There will be gunfights, fast draw contests and historical character re-enactments every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Museum grounds. Admission is $7.75 for adults and $6 for youth. Children under 4 and Museum members get in free. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
Age of the Gunfighter celebrates the mythic Wild West that was described on the pages of the most popular entertainment of the time – the dime novel. Dime novels depicted an era populated with dance hall girls and proper Victorian women as well as outlaws and lawmen who followed the code of the West and settled disputes with gunfights. The event is a gunfight invitational that features five of the best gun-fighting teams around. The invited teams include:
- Gunsmoke and Petticoats from Shawnee, Kan.
- Colorado Trailblazers of Divide, Colo.
- The Concho Cowboys of San Angelo, Texas
- The Indian Territory Pistolers from Ponteau, Okla.
- Local Cowtown Cowboys
Adding to the Old West atmosphere will be:
- Re-enactors who are so talented, they’ll make you believe you’re actually talking to larger-than-life figures such as Wild Bill Hickok or Buffalo Bill Cody;
- Carriage rides;
- Performances by the Entre Nous Victorian Dancers and the Dixie Lee Saloon Girls;
- Snacks, hot dogs and sarsaparilla in the Saloon;
- Snacks and crafts by the Cowtown Social Club in the Drugstore;
- Old-time family photos and more.
For more information about Age of the Gunfighter, go to OldCowtown.org
or call 316-350-3323.
Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown’s unique programming chronicles Wichita’s transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation’s estimated 34,144 museums are accredited.