Western Design Expo Set for 2011
The Palm Springs WestFest announces the Western Design Expo, open from March 24-27 in the Renaissance Hotel.
With the theme "Where Old West meets The New West," The Western Design Expo will showcase the top U.S. designers in the fields of fashion, home furnishings, jewelry and art. (Painting, sculpture and other media representative of today's cowboy culture.)
"With Palm Springs' proximity to the LA, OC and San Diego markets, and the success of the past Rodeo and WestFest, we feel the opportunity is ripe to place California's largest cowboy festival in Palm Springs, " stated Christopher Burkhardt, CEO of rodeo producer Spur of the Moment. "With a marketing budget that reaches national and regional audiences, the Palm Springs WestFest is becoming a destination event. By including the Expo, as well as the Silver Screen FilmFest featuring Gene Autry, the TwangFest musical experience and Taste of the West BBQ Showdown, we are helping to spotlight our Western heritage while honoring our former mayor in an even bigger way."
The week prior to the rodeo, a proposed Western Week celebration will allow Palm Springs citizens, tourists and businesses to take part in several celebrations, trail rides, parties and special promotions in and around town.
On the first day of the Western Expo, WestFest will bring in celebrities to sign autographs, invite the fashion-conscious to a Rancho Deluxe fashion show and have musicians and historic look-a-likes on hand for the special cowboy kickoff celebration.
TwangFest - a 3-day festival of rural roots music (Cowboy Music, Country Blues & Western Swing)
This year features:
- The Saddle Cats
- The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers
- Michael Tcherkassky
- Cowboy Ballandeer Tom Hiatt & The Sundown Riders
- Gary Allegretto "The Harmonicowboy"
Silver Screen FilmFest
Featuring Gene Autry
With the support of Jackie Autry and the Gene Autry Foundation, the 2011 WestFest will feature a 3-day film festival featuring a full day of Gene Autry's lovingly restored TV shows, plus a feature film.
Saturday, March 26 promises to be very rewarding with the Gene Autry Foundation's knowledgeable curator, Karla Buhlman, on hand all day to introduce each classic episode and take questions following the half hour shows which begin on the hour starting at 10 am.
On Friday and Sunday, the film festival kicks off at High Noon, with classic Westerns from Republic Pictures and other Golden Age of the Silver Screen films.
The Silver Screen FilmFest featuring Gene Autry is free to all attendees of the Palm Springs WestFest and Western Design Expo with the $5 general admission fee.