Reliving America's frontier days has been a trying task ever since Hollywood Westerns fell out of vogue and your 10-gallon hat was ruined by that 10-gallon guacamole recipe. Go west with this GrouponLive deal to the Wild Western Festival at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale on October 19–21. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two adult tickets for one day of the festival (up to a $20 value).
- For $19, you get four adult tickets for one day of the festival (up to a $40 value).
Up to two children aged 12 or younger are admitted free with a paying adult on Friday, October 19. Children aged 5–12 are admitted for $5 on Saturday and Sunday, and children 4 or younger are free all weekend.
Every year at the Wild Western Festival, the quintessentially American mythology of untamed frontiers manifests as a gun-slinging, trick-riding, cow-poking spectacle. Guests join trail boss Dr. Buck and his posse of reenactors for a weekend of old-fashioned sights and sounds that include stunt shows, pony rides, and fast-draw competitions. Actor R.H. Doudell tells tall tales as Gabby Hayes, a goofily grizzled codger who played sidekick to Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, and modern-era celebrities from film and TV westerns such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Desperado recall some stories of their own. Native American dance performances and actors portraying buffalo soldiers complete the portrait of a bygone time, and working blacksmiths ply their trade onsite in case a horse loses a shoe.
More than a living museum, the festival provides ample opportunity for guests to take part in the hickory-scented festivities. Children clamber onto a working steam train and visit the petting farm, and adults might take a historical home tour or enter in the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. An 1880s-themed best-dressed contest runs Saturday with both human and animal divisions, supplemented by a steampunk costume contest presented by the alternate historians at the Arizona Steampunk Society. The wax-bullet shooting range offers an innocuous testing ground for steady hands, and the Habanero “Yee Haw” Holler Contest gauges competitors' capacity to startle everyone inside a library.
Though Wild Western Festival sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
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