GRAFTON- A courageous gun toting rough rider out to tame the wild west, save the damsel in distress and defeat cowardly train robbers, is the image many have of the 1800’s cowboys. A time when horse drawn wagons and cattle drives were prominent and the only entertainment available, besides chasing villains, was gambling, reading, swapping tall tales and reciting poems.
Only a handful of those who actually experienced life back then remain today, but the Frontier Fest event that takes place in Taylor County, gives the locals a taste of the “way it was.”
The annual and educational Frontier Fest brings the west to the east, so to speak. Frontier Town, a clever name given to the area, has structures and buildings that depict the growth of the frontier towns in the west during the 1800’s and into the 1900’s.
There are also exhibits that include roping, saddle making and blacksmithing, and the cowboys that portray their intended role, are in character the entire time.
The event, orchestrated by Terry Austin, will be taking place in Thornton September 6 through the 8, although they will be offering primitive and non-primitive camping on Thursday’s “set up day.”
Further details about Frontier Fest including schedule of events, will be available in the Mountain Statesman later this month … and who says chivalry is dead?
For the complete article see the 08-12-2013 issue.
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