Interactive Entertainment - Old West meets The New West

Tombstone Tony Redburn 






Described as 'in a class by himself' by Mr. Mark Allen, don't miss this reigning WWPAS Gun Spinning Reserve World Champion's scheduled performances!

His portrayal of Billy The Kid will convince you that maybe Billy never did die.






Ken Graydon's Cowboy Poetry




Ken Graydon’s roots are firmly planted in the west.  His father was a working cowboy in the Seligman, Arizona area in the 20s.  His young antics are the grist for some of Ken’s poems.

Ken learned as a young kid that he could sing.  His mother, younger brother and he sang  three  part harmony while riding in the car.  He learned later that he could write.  His songs and poems reflect the wisdom and wit of men who made their way by the strength of their hands and keenly developed native intelligence. 

Ken’s mother designed the family home, an adobe ranch house, in the San Joaquin Valley north of Bakersfield, California.  It was built of adobe blocks made nearby .  She filled it with Indian and Mexican pots and artifacts.  This was Ken’s home where money was scarce and work was hard.   The family raised cotton, olives and horses.  Ken worked with his parents making it happen which left him with great respect for work and the people who do it.  He turned his focus toward cowboys and men of the sea and railroad.

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Blacksmith Mark "Wishbone" Birdsall

"Wishbone" will entertain the whole family with stories and humor of the West as he pounds out horseshoes and puts your kids' names on them (for a small fee.) See blacksmithing as it has always been done- with a hot fired forge, an anvil and a lot of sweat equity.blacksmith_web


Biskit Saddle Arts, Wade "Biskit" Hatch:


"Break Away to the Freedom Trail," reveals the 3-step system - Exit, Evaluate and Energize - Hatch developed 10 years ago that has allowed him to live out his biggest lifetime dreams and ambitions. His entertaining, interactive talk deals with meeting the challenges we all face from day to day, and his energetic, down-home style will motivate you to take action right now.

Don't miss his seminar in the Mojave Room at the Western Design Expo...and check out his hand-carved leather picture frames display at Mercantile Row during WestFest.

The Buckaroo Roper


"Isn't he just simply amazing? David Thornbury is the Buckaroo Roper..."




Special seminar Saturday March 26 at 3 pm at the Rancho Deluxe stage near Renaissance Western Design Expo.

Through his world-renowned instructional method, Gary Allegretto has proven that he can teach anyone to play a song in less than a minute – NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. If you've always wanted to learn to play your favorite Western songs on the harmonica, this incredibly entertaining workshop is for you! It's designed for the complete beginner, although experienced players will enjoy and learn from it as well. HARMONICAS AND EVERYTHING NEEDED ARE INCLUDED. All ages, 5 and up... great fun for the whole family!


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The "Pioneer Living" Program

"Journey Back In Time" is a traveling hands-on museum so that kids can experience "Pioneer Living." Six different Learning Centers with their historical displays and hands-on stations provide for this field trip and turn WestFest into a pioneer settlement.

Gold Rush Learning Center:

Learning is fun as kids relive the excitement of the Gold Rush. Kids can go panning for gold (pyrite) and weigh their find on a set of authentic miner's scales. Artifacts on the display tell the story of a great westward movement.

Children's Learning Center:

Do you remember sock monkeys and button spinners? We do! This station features over 40 handmade wooden folk toys from craftspeople all across America. Children of all ages will find something to love as they play with pecking chickens, a whimmy-diddle, iron cabin fever puzzles, acrobats, yo-yos, ball and cup toys and lots more! We also have a collection of children's schoolbooks from the 1800s that students can take out and look at. Don't forget to read the rules from 1860! "Do not speak unless spoken to by the teacher. Talking in class = 1 whack with a rod."

Ma's and Pa's Learning Center:

After doing the chores at this station, children will think being a pioneer was loads of fun…but also loads of work! Here students can try suddsing up with a lather brush and shaving the way Pa did, pumping water from an old rain barrel, scrubbing clothes on a scrubboard, and wringing them out through a 150-year old washing machine.

Clothing Learning Center:

With general stores few and far between and pennies scarce, the pioneers didn't have many clothes. One source of clothing was sheep's' wool. Valued for its warmth and durability, it was used for everything from wool mittens to wool underwear! At this center, children will learn how wool was carded to brush the fiber straight, then spun or twisted into a piece of yarn.

Kitchen Learning Center:

From sifters to coffee grinders, cast iron to enamelware, many of the items in an 1800s kitchen resemble those things used at home today. But chances are children today have never experienced grinding wheat into flour and rolling out the bread dough. This station, with its cozy smells and tactile sensations is always a favorite.

Handcrafts Learning Center:

Rag rugs, quilts, corncob dolls, hand-dipped candles, tatting, and broomcorn…all common items in a pioneer home. In this center we pay tribute to the craftspeople of the 1800s who worked tirelessly to furnish the comforts of a homestead. Children will become craftspeople themselves as they make a necklace from earth-toned "trade beads" (made from pasta) to take home with them.



According to the Library of Congress: “Cowboy poetry in the United States dates back to the period of the long-distance  cattle drives from Texas to Kansas that followed the Civil War, and it has been a thriving and ever-changing tradition  ever since. As a genre, it has been influenced by literary works—the Bible, the Odyssey, Shakespeare’s plays, the works of the Beat Generation - by popular writers such as Robert W. Service and Rudyard Kipling, by Victorian popular culture and its fondness for schoolhouse and parlor recitations, by Hollywood cowboy films, by country-western music and by political developments from the advent of homesteading and barbed wire in the 19th century to contemporary vegetarianism, environmentalism and economic development associated with the ‘New West.’ ”


(All appearances subject to change)