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Westward Hodown

Around this time a century ago, Arizona was just one year into its fledgling statehood. But it was already the most badass state in the union. Long before Valentine's Day 1912 -- Arizona's birthday -- Tombstone had garnered a violent and rugged reputation, while Jerome had been dubbed "the wickedest town in the West." It's fair to argue that, despite its overdramatized, Hollywood-hijacked history, America's Wild West was wild indeed, and Arizona was at the heart of it. So for those of you who have yet to experience our state's rough 'n' tumble history, you're in luck. For one weekend a year Glendale's Wild Western Festival brings all the excitement of the unbridled western frontier to the Valley.

With a list of activities more impressive than Wyatt Earp's mustache, this family-friendly event looks to be a real hog-killin' time. Festivities kicks off at 10 a.m. at Saguaro Ranch Park, 9802 North 59th Avenue, on Friday, October 25. Tickets range from $5 to $10. Visit www.wildwesternfestival.com or call 623-521-3856 for details.

Oct. 25-27, 10 a.m., 2013

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