The first annual Ridgway Old West Fest, organized by the Ridgway Western Heritage Society will celebrate Ridgway's brief transformation into Fort Smith, Arkansas, half a century ago for the filming of the blockbuster movie.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of True Grit, the movie that earned John Wayne his only Academy Award. The famous director Henry Hathaway brought a cast and crew to Ridgway and Ouray County in the summer of 1968 to film much of the movie, which was released in 1969.
Festival goers: Know of a John Wayne sculpture someone is trying to find a home for? We would love to provide that home in Ridgway, Colorado. Donate it to the Ridgway Western Heritage Society, the organizing body for the festival, which has plans for a sculpture garden. Contact Erin Stadelman at 970.626.3304, firstname.lastname@example.org for details.