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It's Mayhem on the Medina!

Special to the Courier

Pictured: Courtesy photo
Living history buffs reenact a moment from the history of the American West at a previous National Reenactment Guild of America competition. Saturday and Sunday the group will be competing in City Park in Bandera.

If you're hanker'n for some fun this weekend, City Park is the place to be April 12 and 13. It's time for a showdown, clear the streets, run for cover at Bandera's newest event - Mayhem on the Medina! Sponsored by Bandera Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, this event promises to be a natural for Bandera, The Cowboy Capital of the World!
Bandera has never turned down an opportunity to show off our cowboys! This time it is a bit different. It must be factual. The National Reenactment Guild of America has chosen Bandera as a national competition location for a 2014 Reenactment event! We're sure that every cowboy, gunfighter, outfitter, and living history buff in the nation will come to Bandera to be judged! The best part is, the admission is free! Bring the kids, there will be lots for them to do!
The Reenactment Guild of America is an organization of living history fans, educators, entertainers and reenactors dedicated to the preservation of the history of America's 19th century, primarily, but not restricted to, the American Old West.
The RGA is dedicated to accurate and historical presentations. The guild membership strives to preserve this part of American history and to provide a safe venue where the public may be both educated and entertained at the same time. Because historical truths are sometimes found to be fluid and open to interpretation, every effort is made to insure that members portray their characters or events in a historically correct manner which shall include but is not restricted to clothing, utensils, weapons, behavior and speech. Members spend a great deal of time researching for accuracy of all portrayed.
Also performing will be the Celtair String Band that specializes in playing "period" Americana music dressed in period clothing from either the 1500s or 1800-1900s. Band members Mel Peters, on fiddle and penneywhistle; Betty Peters, on percussion and limberjacks; Mark Shafer, on mandolin and vocals; and Mary Shafer, on guitar and vocals are music presenters from the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. The Celtair String Band is being sponsored by Aqua Tech Water Well Service. Also participating in the event, and sponsored by Churches Chicken, will be Acayla Haile, well-known story teller and authority on children's games and toys from the late 1800s.
Mayhem on the Medina is the perfect opportunity to visit the past with great, first class entertainment and a perfect day on the banks of the Medina. There will be arts and crafts and great food booths,including the Longhorn Saloon where you can wet your whistle and a Sarsaparilla Saloon as well!
Gates open at 9:30 am on Saturday and competition begins at 10 am.
On Sunday, gates will open at 8 am and the Ridin the River Cowboy Church will provide a free cowboy breakfast and church services at 8:45 am. Competition will begin at 10 am.
For more information regarding the event, visit the web site at www.MayhemOnTheMedina.com or call 830-796-4447