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Ridgway Old West Fest

Oct 11, 2019 to Oct 13, 2019
Various Locations, Ridgway, CO
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Event Summary
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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                         
 
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SCULPTURES WANTED
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, estadelman@ouraycountyco.gov for details.
 
 
 
For sponsorship information please call 970.293.7929 or email tonya.maddox@ourtownmatters.net.
Event Schedule / Activities
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Oct 11, 2019
03:00 PM
Remarkable Women of the Old West
Visions of the Old West include grizzly miners and mountain men or cowboys, but women made their mark on western history too.  (60 minutes)
06:00 PM
True Grit Movie (1969)
The Fort Smith scenes of the original True Grit were filmed in the Ridgway. Children under 12 are free.  (120 minutes)
06:00 PM
VIP reception
This reception will be attended by our celebrities and VIPs--Debby Campbell, Rick Weaver and Ethan Wayne. A limited number of places are available.  (60 minutes)
Oct 12, 2019
08:00 AM
John Wayne Grit Series - 10K
Celebrate the 50 year anniversary of John Wayne's movie True Grit by running or walking to the Ranch that is featured in the film! Register for this event at https://johnwayne.org/jwgs-ridgway  (300 minutes)
08:00 AM
Parking Pass (Saturday)
All day parking pass in designated areas.  (270 minutes)
09:00 AM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
10:00 AM
Axe Throwing
The Highland Axe Company will provide axe throwing instruction and participants will receive 10 minutes of supervised axe throwing.
10:00 AM
Cowboy Music & Poetry
Two sessions will feature cowboys and cowgirls sharing their poetry and music about life in the West.  (90 minutes)
10:00 AM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
11:00 AM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
01:00 PM
Cowboy Music & Poetry
Two sessions will feature cowboys and cowgirls sharing their poetry and music about life in the West.  (90 minutes)
01:00 PM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
02:00 PM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
03:00 PM
Western Music Concert
Debby Campbell, oldest daughter of Glen Campbell who toured with him for 24 years, will perform a number of songs including those from her recent CD, a tribute to her father, as well as other artists’ hits.  (60 minutes)
07:00 PM
True Grit Movie (2010)
The Coen brothers’ remake of the film will be shown. Children under 12 are free.  (120 minutes)
Oct 13, 2019
09:00 AM
Celebrities & Townspeople: "The Inside Scoop"
A panel of Hollywood celebrities--Debby Campbell (oldest daughter of Glen Campbell) and a John Wayne family member--will offer insider perspectives on the world of movies and actors.  (120 minutes)
09:00 AM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
10:00 AM
Axe Throwing
The Highland Axe Company will provide axe throwing instruction and participants will receive 10 minutes of supervised axe throwing.
10:00 AM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
11:00 AM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
01:00 PM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
02:00 PM
True Grit Walking Tour
Your guide will point out and talk about the various locations downtown where True Grit was filmed in 1968, and share other tidbits about the movie and its stars.  (60 minutes)
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Various Locations
Ridgway, CO, 81432

Oct 11, 2019 to Oct 13, 2019
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