Our family recently experienced our first adventure at the Old West Festival.
The festival gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience a taste of what life was like during the old west.
Upon arrival, both of my sons received a cowboy hat and schedule of the shows that day.
They look pretty tough huh?
It was really hard to decide what to see first.
We decided to take in the Medicine show first.
They showcased juggling, sword swallowing, laying on a bed of nails and stunts with fire.
Their skills were impressive! After the show we watched a shoot out.
While at the festival, I snuck away to make plans with the Sheriff for the arrest of my oldest son.
You can put anyone in jail for a $5 bail that comes with an arrest warrant to keep.
The Sheriff will tell the suspect what they are being arrested for and then bring them to jail.
My son was charged with not cleaning his room.
A charge he knew he was guilty of.
The Old West Festival has many details that really feel authentic.
You definitely want to allow time to take in as many shows as possible while at the festival.
The show with Rider is a must see! He demonstrated incredible skills with a gun, lasso and whip.
The festival also has food available for purchase and several activities that families can enjoy for an additional fee.
Covered Wagon rides are $2 for adults and $1 for 12 and under.
Kids can also pan gems, ride a mini train and ride a horse for a fee. There is also a playground that kids enjoy.
The Old West Festival also has themed weekends that will add to the festival experience.
Cowboy Hero Weekend Sept. 7-8
Native American Weekend Sept. 14-15
Steam Punk Weekend Sept. 21-22
Villains Weekend Sept. 28-29
America’s Pastime Weekend October 5-6
Admission to the Old West Festival is
The Old West Festival is located at
You can find out more information from the Old West Festival website.
4 thoughts on “Back in time at the Old West Festival”
Thank you for the great photos. I’m glad that you had a wonderful time at the Old West Festival.
Fred (aka Boss Drake, horse arena announcer, Cowboy Church, & Life of a Cowhand)
You can tell the performers really enjoy what they are doing and put the work into it. I’m so glad we got to check out the festival this year.
These are great pictures! I’m one of the Hurdy Gurdy Girls at Long Branch Saloon, and it really made my day to know that your family had so much fun at the fest! Everyone puts so much hard work into making the festival what it is, both in the performances and behind the scenes. Every weekend seems to get better and better!