- Bandera's portal to Old West -
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
Courtesy of Celebrate Bandera, on Labor Day weekend, the Cowboy Capital of the World became a historical time machine. A classic Old West town with honky-tonks, dude ranches and horse-friendly hitching posts, Bandera turned back the pages of history to the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s with visions of gunfighters, mounted shooters and a re-enactment of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
At Pahaska Teepee Ranch on FM 2828, owned by Gary and Dee Dee Trichter, the fun began loudly with a series of mounted shooting competitions. On highly trained horses and using real single-action six shooters and lever-action revolver rifles, cowboys and cowgirls galloped through different target courses in an arena, taking down a series of hostile balloon targets with acuity.
On Saturday, August 31, many of competitors donned costumes, saddled up, loaded their firearms and gave the crowd at Mansfield Park arena a rock 'em, sock 'em performance of a faithful reproduction of the original exposition that took the world by storm in the late 1800s. William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody took his Wild West Show throughout North and South America, and Europe from 1882 to 1913. In the Celebrate Bandera Wild West Show, attorney Gary Trichter perfectly channeled the flamboyant and brilliant showman.
Like the original Wild West Show, Celebrate Bandera's version featured a grand entry, trick riders, Pony Express, a hold-up of the Deadwood Stage, trick ropers, Native American hoop dancing, a re-enactment of the gunfight at OK Corral, a mounted shooting rifle demonstration and an attack on a wagon train with cavalry racing to the rescue.
To employ a cliché, a picture is worth a thousand words. If true, these behind-the-scenes images of the mounted shooting and Celebrate Bandera Wild West Show should whet anyone's appetite for next year's performances.