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September 18, 2021
United Church of the San Juans Plans Special Cowboy Worship Service during
Ridgway Old West Fest
The United Church of the San Juans will host a special Sunday cowboy worship service 10:00 a.m. Sept. 26 as part of the Ridgway Old West Fest. This casual service will celebrate our Western heritage and God’s creation through rousing songs, Scripture, and a Bible-based sermon. Charles Packard will preach on the cowboy’s Ten Commandments.
The service will feature old-time bluegrass and gospel tunes led by music director Katy Kristoffersen. The UCSJ choir will perform classics including Down to the River to Pray, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, I’ll Fly Away, and This Land is Your Land. Ron and Dee James will lead congregational singing. Wear your western duds and come prepared to experience an old-fashioned church service. The church is located at 295 N. Lena in Ridgway.
September 14, 2021
Ridgway Old West features Colorado’s Carin Mari in concert
Ridgway’s Old West Fest closes out the summer Sept. 24-26 with a weekend jam-packed with fun and educational events for all ages.
Singer-songwriter Carin Mari will perform at 7 pm Saturday Sept 25. Her concert has been recently moved to the Ouray County 4-H Events Center barn for an outdoor atmosphere. Carin has toured for nine years with her brothers’ band as well as played lead guitar for Michael Martin Murphey’s Rio Grande Band. She has released five albums and has won eight Colorado country music awards.
Admittance to her concert is included in the cost of the Festival Pass to the Ridgway Old West Fest. A complete listing of all West Fest events can be found on the festival website, www.ridgwayoldwestfest.org. Tickets are available on line at a discount when ordered in advance. You can preview Carin at her website, carinmarimusic.com.
August 26, 2021
Ridgway Creative Main Street is now partnering with the Ridgway Old West Fest to enhance the activities available during the Fest Sept 24-26, 2021. Many of Ridgway's downtown shops, boutiques and galleries are extending their hours on the West Fest's opening evening Sept. 24 between 5 pm to 7 pm.
This free event will allow West Fest attendees to browse the unique collection of arts and crafts. Creative Main Street is also recruiting a number of local performers to provide live music as additional entertainment Friday.
"We are thrilled to have the downtown businesses join in making the West Fest a quality event. The rodeo drill team will parade around Hartwell Park at 4 pm so this is also a great time to stay and eat downtown prior to our Friday night lecture and movie,'The Sons of Katie Elder,'" said Edward Bovy, one of the West Fest organizers.
August 10, 2021
Ridgway Old West Fest Looking
for Costumed Characters, Singers and Poets
The Ridgway Old West Fest returns to Ridgway September 24-26 for a fun-filled weekend jam-packed with rides, tours, a music concert, lectures, movies and even a wild west show.
A highlight of the festival will be a Western heroes and villains look-alike contest and the winner will receive a $100 check. “We had a great contest last time and those who told a little bit about their character and something about their costume impressed the crowd the most,” said Ed Bovy of the Ridgway Western Heritage Society.
“There will be an open mic karaoke session plus an open mic cowboy poetry/Western music session and we encourage the public to participate,” he said.
July 13, 2021
Plans are well underway and we anticipate this year’s festival (Sept. 24-26) will include two movies, eight presentations, a 90-minute Wild West horse show, and a Saturday evening country music concert. We will also have horse-drawn wagon rides, a karaoke contest, and a Western heroes and villains look-alike contest. In addition, event attendees will be able to tour two locations used in the filming of the 1969 John Wayne movie True Grit, the restored courtroom at the Ouray County Courthouse and the Lewis Ranch east of town.
Festival partners include the Ouray County Ranch History Museum and the Ridgway Railroad Museum, both of which are planning even more activities for the same weekend. The Railroad Museum will be offering rides on the Galloping Goose.
All in all, this promises to be a huge weekend of family fun during our peak of fall colors.
The West Fest also has a sponsorship program with a variety of participation levels beginning at $100. Valuable benefits are included at each level, many of which can be creatively awarded to your own customers as part of a cross-promotion. Click HERE to see more.
The Ridgway Old West Fest is on for 2021!
The inaugural old West festival, October 11-13, 2019, commemorated the 50th anniversary of True Grit's release in 1969. The Ridgway Western Heritage Society published a book, True Grit: A 50-Year Tribute, in connection with the celebration. The 128-page book is available from the Ouray County Ranch History Museum for $26.80, including shipping and handling.
Some reviews you might enjoy by Bryce Chismire, a local Ridgway, Colorado blogger.
Book: True Grit - Novel - https://www.screenedword.com/post/true-grit-novel
Film: True Grit (1969) - https://www.screenedword.com/post/true-grit-1969
Film: True Grit (2010) - https://www.screenedword.com/post/true-grit-2010
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