5th Western Days festival this weekend
The Prairie Rose Ranch, home of the famous Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, will present its 5th Western Days festival this weekend.
Activities will take place all over the ranch and will include annual favorites like the mountain man encampment, Native American dancers, re-enactors, chuckwagons and everything cowboy.
Among the new events this year are the Kansas Ranch Ropers Competition, a Civil War encampment and the Wichita Area Square Dancers.
There will be demonstrations on rope making, chuckwagon cooking, bee keeping and “sodbusting” (horse-drawn plowing). Visitors can shoot a black-powder rifle or throw a tomahawk. The new Civil War documentary, “Road to Valhalla,” will be shown in the Bar 20 Theatre.
Among this year’s featured performers are Buffalo Dave, the “Last of the Wild West Showmen” and the dancers from the Wichita Intertribal Warrior Society. Musical performers include Fred Hargrove, Rusty Rierson, Jenny Lou Pettersen, Lew Pearce, Kim Coslett, Jolynn Jarvis, the Dry Creek Boys and others.
For the first time since the festival began, there will be no gate admission charge. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., with most scheduled activities beginning at 10, following the daily flag raising ceremony.
Detailed festival information is available online at prwesterndays.com or by calling 316-778-2121.
The Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper is located on a ranch just 15 minutes northeast of Wichita.