By James Beaty
Featuring acts ranging from a Johnny Cash impersonator to a trick roper, and with gunfight re-enactments, a parade, and a screening of the classic movie “True Grit,” included, McAlester’s Wild West Festival is set to run all day Saturday and into Saturday night.
As part of the festival, dedication of the recreation of a traditional Choctaw village is set for 11 a.m. at Hutchison Park.
Many of the activities are set around the main stage, which will be set up near the cluster of antique shops in McAlester’s Old Town.
In addition to all of the activities on and around the main stage, a number of vendors will also be on hand offering a variety of food and crafts.
“We’ve worked very hard,” said Old Town Association President Eddie Gray. “Everything is in place and ready to roll.”
McAlester’s Wild West Festival is set to kick off at 9 a.m., with the singing of the National Anthem by Jana Cox.
The McAlester Public Library’s Wild West Festival Parade is set to immediately follow, with the parade entrants lining up in the lot near the North Town Church of Christ.
Also as the parade begins, a Lil Skittles Dash is set for youngsters, when the parade arrives at Jet Tire Service on North Main Street.
Also 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Brett Cogburn, who is billed as the grandson of “the real Rooster Cogburn,” is set to sign books by the main stage.
The Old Town Association has listed the following schedule of events for the Wild West Festival
• 9:15 a.m. — Proclamation by McAlester Mayor Steve Harrison.
• 9:20 a.m. — Doc Crawford’s Water Experiment Show, in front of the main stage.
• 9:45 a.m. — McAlester Pom Squad routine, in front of the stage.
• 10 a.m. —Wild Color 5 K run begins.
— Hunter Gotcher performs on the main stage.
— Free hayrides to the Tannehill Museum.
• 10:30 a.m. — Gunfight re-enactment in front of stage.
• 10:40 a.m. — Stan Ward performs on the main stage.
• 11 a.m. — Choctaw Tobaksi Village dedication at Hutchison Park, Fourth Street and Krebs Avenue.
— North Town Reunion at Hutchison Park
— Tobucksy County Courthouse Museum
• 11:10 a.m. — Pawnee Bill trick roper Richard Heinrick performs in front of stage.
• 11:20 a.m. — Dale Moser and the Black Horse Band on the main stage.
• 11:30 a.m. — Choctaw dancers at the Choctaw Tobaksi Village in Hutchison Park,
• High noon — Reenactment of “True Grit” in front of the main stage.
— Coronation of Wild West Festival king and queen.
— Stick ball demonstration at Choctaw Tobaksi Park in Hutchison Park.
• 12:25 p.m. — Dale Moser and The Black Horse Band, main stage.
• 1 p.m. — Choctaw dancers in front of stage.
— Choctaw storyteller in front of the Tobucksy County Courthouse.
• 1:30 p.m. — Pawnee Bill trick roper in front of stage.
• 1:40 p.m.— Gunfight in front of stage.
• 1:55 p.m. — Introduction of McAlester City Council.
• 2:05 p.m.— Doc Crawford’s Water Experiments Show.
• 2:25 p.m. — Pawnee Bill trick roper in front of stage.
• 2:35 p.m. — Gunfight in front of stage.
• 2:50 p.m. — Background music with street performers.
• 3:10 p.m. — Johnny Cash impersonator Philip Bauer
• 3:55 p.m. — Gunfight,, in front of stage
• 4:10 p.m. — Johnny Cash impersonator Bauer resumes.
• 4:55 p.m. — Crawford’s Water Experiments Show.
• 5:15 p.m. — Levi Parham performs on main stage.
• 6 p.m. — Main stage activities completed, free hot-dogs from McAlester Public Library and ice cream social from Old Town Association.
• 7:30 p.m. — Free showing of the classic John Wayne movie “True Grit.”
Additional features include:
• A Kid Corral with inflatables, games, activities and a train ride.
• A vintage fire truck display at the corner of North Main Street and Smith Avenue.
• A stagecoach “photo op.”
• Wild West Photography Shop with wild west costumes.
Contact James Beaty at firstname.lastname@example.org.