Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl
Date / Time:
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Autry in Griffith Park
Included with Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
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Dust off your trail duds, bring all your kin, and come on down to the Autry for a daylong festival celebrating the Wild West! Enjoy trick ropers, gun-slingers, cowboy poetry, square dancing, children’s activities, horseshoe-pitching contests, and an outdoor barbecue!
Master of Ceremonies Andy Nelson will host the day’s lineup of events—and entertain visitors with traditional cowboy poetry about the Western way of life. Learn a square-dancing step or two with dance caller Jordan Ruyle and live music by folk trio Triple Chicken Foot, back by popular demand. See guns in action as fan favorite and world champion gunslinger Joey Dillon amazes the audience in a duo act with newcomer Loop Rawlins, expert rope spinner and whip handler. Participate in trick roping a “cow” with Christy Lewis and her family of roping performers, or try your luck at pitching horseshoes on the lawn with the Southern California Horseshoe Pitchers Association. Families can even decorate their own horseshoes at the Children’s Craft Corral.
Join in a scavenger hunt throughout the museum to find clues about Wild West shows, and learn about the real story of Buffalo Bill in a new display. Plus, see a cowboy-themed Gene Autry Double Feature: The Singing Cowboy (1936) and Loaded Pistols (1949).
Honorary Chairman George Gamble will join us for the festival and the opening of the Autry’s inaugural exhibition in the new Gamble Firearms Gallery, Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction. This new exhibition illuminates the sweep of American Western history through some of the finest firearms ever brought together in the United States in terms of their historic value, provenance, and pure beauty. From the Colt and Winchester firearms Teddy Roosevelt used in the West, to Gettysburg hero General George Meade’s silver- and gold-plated Remington revolver, to the Smith & Wesson revolver presented by the company to President Ulysses S. Grant, this evolving display reflects the multiplicity of real and imagined stories that lie behind the people who owned these guns.
Visitors are encouraged to dress in Western wear. However, guns, including replicas, will not be allowed on the premises.
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY:
Sponsored in part by Susan and John Krambeer.