The Wild West is coming to McKinney on September 21-22 when cowboy celebrities and entertainers arrive at the Spirit of the Cowboy festival at Chestnut Square Historic Village. Visitors will enjoy the shaded grounds and historic buildings of Chestnut Square as a backdrop to all kinds of western fun, including pony rides, a petting zoo, photos with a real Texas longhorn or miniature bull, and mock gun fights by the North Texas Gunslingers.
Try your shooting skills at Gunsmoke Alley and sing along at the hoedown on Friday night. Take in the blacksmithing demonstrations at the Chestnut Square forge and enjoy samples of goodies at the dutch oven cooking demonstrations.
Eight celebrities from the great TV and movie westerns of the 1950's and 60's have signed on to attend the event. The following celebrities will be available for pictures, autographs, and Question and Answer sessions:
Robert Fuller of "Lar
Micheal Dante of "Custer", "Legend of Custer", and "Winterhawk"
Don "Brown Jug Reynolds of
Burton Gilliam of "Blazing Saddles"
James Hampton of "F Troop", "Teen Wolf" and "Teen Wolf 2"
Ken Farmer of "Silverado", "Friday Night Lights"
Alex Cord of "Laramie", "Branded"
Charlie LeSueur, actor, emcee and authory on B Westerns
The grounds of Chestnut Square Historic Village, the green space north of Chestnut Square and east Louisiana Street in downtown McKinney will be transformed into a variety of cowboy activities including:
- Pictures in an authentic restored Butterfield stage coach
- Cowboy meals from the chuck wagon circle up
- A stick horse rodeo on east Louisiana Street for junior cowboys (Saturday)
Western movies in the Chapel
The following performers will grace the stage at Chestnut Square:
Rose Hill Band
Miss Devon & the Outlaw
Performances by Friends of Skidboot
For this inagural year of the Spirit of the Cowboy festival, Kristine Byars, a retro-western artist has created an original oil painting (right) that evokes the Spirit of the Cowboy. The painting will be offered in a commemerative poster at Dixie's Store at Chestnut Square.
Gates open for the event on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. The Camp Fire Hoedown on the stage at Chestnut Square starts up at 7:00 p.m. and everyone is urged to bring their favorite instrument to join the fun.
Friday afternoon is Senior Day with a discounted event ticket of $10!
Saturday's activities start at 10:00 a.m. during the weekly Historic McKinney Farmers Market and continue until 5:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., Dinner with the Stars begins at The Pantry Restaurant in historic downtown McKinney. Ticket sales to the Dinner with the Stars event are limited. All tickets are avalable online at the Spirit of the Cowboy website.
"Ticket sales have been brisk." Said Johnson. "We've sold tickets to people from Japan, the UK, Canada and over 21 states."
Prices for the Spirit of the Cowboy tickets are:
Adult One Day/Two Day: $12.00/$20.00
Child One Day/Two Day: $ 6.00/$10.00
Senior Day - Friday: $10.00
At the Gate
Adult One Day/Two Day: $15.00/$25.00
Child One Day/Two Day: $ 8.00/$12.00
Children Under Three: FREE
Stick Horse Rodeo (1:00 p.m. in front of the The Pantry Restaurant on E. Louisiana)
Entry Fee (includes Stick Horse) $10.00
First come, first served. Kids get to keep their stickhorse!
Dinner with the Stars at The Pantry
Saturday (if available) $40.00
For more information and to reserve tickets, click here.