How The West Was Fun

If you happen to be one of those quaint locals who’s legitimately a native Arizonan, no doubt you suffered through a few sleep-inducing history classes concerning cowboys and Indians while growing up in these parts.

Thing is, our fair state’s rough and rumble past was actually quite dynamic and action-packed, which is perfectly illustrated by the gun-toting and lively activities that will take place during the Wild Western Festival at Saguaro Ranch Park, 9802 North 59th Avenue in Glendale. Kicking off on Friday, October 19, this three-day historical hootenanny and festival of country-fried antics, described as “a wild west renaissance festival,” will feature such down-home thrills as stunt shows and gunfights. The schedule also includes such events as wheelbarrow races, pie-eating and hollering contests, performances by cowboy crooners, steampunk costume contests, blacksmithing demonstrations, and Dr. Buck's Ol' Time Country Fair.

Fri., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.