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Celebrate Bandera 2012 welcomes Wild West Show

By J. Gary Trichter

By J. Gary Trichter
Special to the Courier

On Labor Day weekend, the Cowboy Capital of the World will be transformed into a historical time machine courtesy of Celebrate Bandera.

In celebration of its 159th birthday, Bandera, a classic Old West town that sports honky-tonks, dude ranches and horse-friendly hitching posts, will turn back the pages of history to the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s to Buffalo Bill and the Wild West.

Once again, Celebrate Bandera's proudly offers up a fabulous Wild West Show. This is a faithful reproduction of the original Wild West Show that took the world by storm in the late 1800s. William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody took his Wild West Show all over North America, South America and Europe from 1882 to 1913.

A real American hero, Buffalo Bill was a pony express rider, muleskinner, Civil War soldier, buffalo hunter and guide, cavalry scout, justice of the peace, stage actor, author, legislator, promoter of women's rights and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

Seen by tens of millions of fans worldwide, Buffalo Bill and his Congress of Rough Riders of the World were considered the entertainment of America. Many attempted to copy Buffalo Bill's show but there was only one Wild West Show. Much of what is known of the Old West comes directly from Buffalo Bill's portrayal of the Western Frontier.

Today's rodeo is the grandchild of the Wild West Show.

Like the original Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Celebrate Bandera's Wild West Show will feature a grand entry, Pony Express, a hold-up of the Deadwood Stage, trick ropers, Native Americans, hoop dancing, Calamity Jane's Hyde Race and a mounted shooting rifle demonstration.

Celebrate Bandera is scheduled for Labor Day weekend and the Wild West Show and the National Professional Bull Rider's Challenge proudly counts Ancira GMC as title sponsor. The event will also be presented by Buddy's Septic and Water Well Service. All the action takes place at Mansfield Park on Highway 16 North.

Box seat and general admission tickets are on sale now at Gunslinger in Bandera and general admission tickets can be purchased online at


Pictured: In the colorful persona of "Buffalo Bill" Cody, J. Gary Trichter heads up Celebrate Bandera's annual Wild West Show.

Photos by 1881 Old West Photography
Celebrate Bandera's Wild West Show will rock the Mansfield Park Rodeo Arena during Labor Day weekend.