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Festival of the American West in July/August 2004 in Utah

Press Release

Celebrate the western heritage of the U.S. in Logan, Utah as the annual Festival of the American West transports visitors into the old west. The Festival has been chosen 9 years in a row as one of the top 100 events in North American by the American Bus Association and continues to attract visitors from all over the world. Travelocity awarded the Festival as a “Local Secret, Big Find” last year.

Special events include the Horse Parade in downtown Wellsville July 31 at 9:00 a.m., Cowboy Poetry Gathering held July 30 and 31 and the American West Art Show held daily featuring nationally acclaimed artist David Mann and 12 prominent Western Artists. The American West Quilt Show is held daily at the Wellsville Tabernacle and features over 100 beautifully made quilts from around the region.

The evening concert series will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. on the weekends. The four concerts will feature Western recording artists Don Edwards and Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell July 30, Michael Martin Murphey July 31, Baxter Black August 6, and Riders in the Sky August 7. Midweek shows will vary each night.

This year’s festival promises to be an exciting event as we bring new entertainment and heritage demonstrators to the Center. Featured in our Native American Village will be Michael Terry, a Native American actor, historian, and artist and other demonstrators who will show the life ways of the Native Americans. See basket weaving, rug weaving, beading, and hide tanning.

Returning, are the ever popular Buffalo Soldiers as they demonstrate life in a military encampment and cavalry reenactments. Also included in the Military Encampment is a rare collection of artillery including a Gatling gun, a revolving cannon, a Gardner battery cannon and the best part is they all fire. Some lucky visitor will get to shoot the Gatling gun.

At the 1917 farm site, visitors see how the first year of electricity in Cache Valley changed farming forever. See barley threshed with a 1911 steam engine or just let the kids take a pony ride.

Take a step back in time when you enter the dugouts and cabins on the pioneer camp and learn the reality of the first winter for settlers. Guests can join in building a log cabin, wool processing, or learn how to spin.

Mountain Men are rendezvousing and trading goods and if you’re not careful they’ll barter for anything including the kids! The Frontier town hosts the Gunfighters of the American West for daily shootouts as they rob the Mercantile and re-enact the Shoot-Out at the OK Corral. Also featured are trick roping Benny Martinez and his horse Napoleon, Dr. Quaquenbusch, and lots of western entertainers. Enjoy the music of Blue Sage and Los Hermonos.

Folks enjoy hands-on activities in each of the historic areas and a chance to learn the history of the old west. There are storytellers, Indian dancers, and broom makers. Or try your hand at woodcarving, and taffy pulling. Lean how oxen are trained, pan for gold, or ride a wagon around the beautiful site of the American West Heritage Center.

Even though the Festival is closed on Sunday, the Center hosts a non-denominational Cowboy Church Service with western and gospel music beginning at 7:00 p.m. There will be no admission charge for Sunday’s service.

Join the folks at the American West Heritage Center for an old fashioned good time, located at 4025 South Hwy. 89-91, six miles south of Logan, and discover a century of the Old West at one of the country’s most authentic celebrations of the Western heritage.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $12 for students 12 years and above and $10 for children 3 though 11. Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $20 for students 12 years and above and $15 for children 3 though 11. Parking is FREE. Gate opens at 11am and closes at 9:00 pm. Last ticket sold at 7:45 on weekends. For more information call 245-6050 or 800-225- FEST (3378) or visit the Web site at