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Celebrate Bandera 2013 welcomes Wild West Show

By J. Gary Trichter Special to the Courier

Pictured: Celebrate Bandera's Wild West Show features scenes of the old west, including the cavalry "ridin' to the rescue."

On Labor Day weekend, the Cowboy Capital of the World will be transformed into a historical time machine courtesy of Celebrate Bandera. 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 in celebration of Bandera's 160th birthday.

Once again, Celebrate Bandera 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, mule skinner, 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, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 30, 31 and Sept. 1. Additionally, the Wild West Show and the National Professional Bull Rider's Challenge is proud to have Buddy's Septic and Water Well Service as title sponsor. The event will also be presented by Ancira GMC of Boerne. Box seat and general admission tickets go on sale Saturday, August 17, Gunslinger, 1107 Cypress Street, in Bandera. For more information, visit www.celebratebandera.com