Thousands Got the Heck Back to Dodge This Weekend to Celebrate the City’s Wild West Heritage
Largest Longhorn Cattle Drive with Celebrity Marshals Highlight Dodge City Days
DODGE CITY, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thousands of visitors descended on Dodge City, Kansas this weekend, for the city’s 54th annual Dodge City Days. The highlight of this year’s celebration of the city’s legendary western heritage was the inaugural longhorn cattle drive down Wyatt Earp Blvd. today, featuring dozens of cowboys, a chuck wagon, stagecoach and longhorn cows and bulls, with horns that span up to seven feet. The drive was the largest in Dodge City since the 1800s and was hosted by the Wild West Heritage Foundation.
Stars of TV Westerns, both old and new, were on hand to serve as celebrity marshals, including Buck Taylor, of CBS’s Gunsmoke; Johnny Crawford, of The Rifleman; star and co-creator, John Lehr and co-creator Nancy Hower of Hulu’s Quick Draw.
This year’s Dodge City Days also included the opening of the Dodge City Buffalo and Longhorn Exhibit. The exhibit will be open year-round and will be home to some of the most unique buffalo to graze the Kansas prairie. In addition, the unveiling of The Wild West Walk of Fame honored celebrities and local icons that work toward preserving Dodge City’s western heritage. The 2014 inductees included Buck Taylor, Johnny Crawford and Allen Baily, Dodge City Honorary Marshal.
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THE WILD WEST HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The Wild West Heritage Foundation was created to support projects that preserve the historical importance of livestock in the Wild West. In the 19th century, livestock were the core of the economy in Dodge City, Kansas, dramatized by countless books and movies relating to cattle drives and heroic ranchers and farmers trying to survive against the odds.
DODGE CITY DAYS
Dodge City Days is an annual event that pays tribute to the city’s Western Heritage. The second largest festival in Kansas draws crowds of over 100,000 individuals to more than 50 events over 10 days.