July 13, 2021
Plans are well underway and we anticipate this year’s festival (Sept. 24-26) will include two movies, eight lectures or workshops, a 90-minute wild west horse show, and a Saturday evening country music concert. We are also working on some children’s activities, 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 San Juan Model Railroad and Historical Society, both of which are planning even more activities for the same weekend. The historical society 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. If you are a restaurant, let us know if you will be open that weekend.
As part of our publicity, we will be printing and distributing approximately 11,000 copies an 8-page program of events that will be available to businesses in early September. Contact us if you would like to be a distribution point.
This publication will also be inserted in the Delta Independent, Montrose Press, and Ouray Plaindealer. You can see a copy of the 2019 ad page HERE. Ads are on page 8.
Ad rates are just $50 for a 3 in. wide by 1.75 in. tall and $100 for 3 in. wide by 3.5 in. tall. Larger ads can be negotiated. All ads are sold space available. Provide your PDF-formatted ad to email@example.com no later than Monday July 26. If you can’t design your own, we may be able to do it for you at no cost.
The West Fest also has a sponsorship program with a variety of participation levels. Beginning at $100. Valuable premiums 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.
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The Ridgway Old West Fest is on for 2021!
The festival, a resounding success in its first year of 2019 was cancelled due to Covid in 2020. It is back for 2021.
July 5, 2020 press release
The Ridgway Western Heritage Society is reluctantly cancelling this year’s Old West Fest scheduled for September 25-27, 2020, due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic.
“The festival has a number of events held at various locations including a concert, movies, demonstrations and presentations. These activities involve people being in close proximity to each other. We just don't know whether suitable venues will be available for these events and what health restrictions will be in place at that time,” said Eve Becker-Doyle, president of the Ridgway Western Heritage Society.
As of this date, the festival's partner entities still intend to go forward with their activities that weekend. The Ridgway Railroad Museum's Ouray County Railroad Days and the OC Ranch History Museum's demonstrations (classes, gallery show, and sales) of fine artisan leather crafts, mule packing, and blacksmithing are currently planned and underway.
Next year's Old West Fest is slated for September 2021 during the Ouray County Railroad Days weekend. Although the Railroad Museum has not yet established 2021 dates for Railroad Days, the last weekend in September (September 24-26) is usually their choice.
The inaugural old West festival, October 11-13 last year, 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
1969 Film: True Grit (1969) -
2010 Film: True Grit (2010) - https://www.screenedword.com/post/true-grit-2010
Ridgway Old West Fest
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