Tucson preparing for Old West-style weekend

April 20, 2013 by  

Tucson residents are invited to celebrate their city’s heritage at an upcoming Western-themed event.

In about a week’s time, the Cowboy Music Festival and Western Art Show will be taking place for the third consecutive year. Postcard printing may be in higher demand as nearby souvenir shops prepare for an increase in the number of visitors to Old Town Tucson.

Live performers will sing tunes from America’s pioneer days, as well as offer their renditions of modern Western songs. Entertainers will include Bill Barwick, Juni Fisher, and Rex Allen, Jr., all of whom have received awards from the Western Music Association. The event will also feature readings of frontier-era stories and poetry.

Local artists and craftsmen will be on hand to showcase and sell their creations. Attendees will have a chance to peruse booths filled with jewelry, carvings, and paintings of scenes from the Old West. This year’s featured painter will be Diana Madaras, whose portrayal of a cowboy with his guitar will serve as the official image of the festival. Attendees will also be able to purchase Western-style food at the event.

The Music Festival and Art Show will be held at 201 South Kinney Road on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, running between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on both days. Tickets will cost $16.95 for individuals ages 12 and older and $10.95 for children between the ages of 4 – 11. Younger children will receive free admission, and discounts will be available for adults who produce a valid Arizona ID.