Dodge City, Kansas is booting up for its 54th annual Dodge City Days, a 10-day tribute to the legendary city's Wild West heritage, July 25 through August 3. This year, the annual celebration, which attracts more than 100,000 guests from around the world and features more than 50 events that celebrate the history, folklore, and traditions of the American frontier, will include a record setting recreation of the historic longhorn cattle drives of the 1800's. Boot Hill Casino will present Wild West Heritage Foundation's Longhorn Cattle Drive on the famous Wyatt Earp Boulevard on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM and will celebrate the grand opening of The Wild West Heritage Foundation's Live Buffalo and Longhorn Exhibit.
In addition to its record setting recreation pursuit, the drive celebrates the 59th anniversary of the first episode of the Western drama Gunsmoke, which debuted in 1955 and was on the air for nearly 20 years. Thus, 59 spectacular longhorn cows and bulls, known for horns that span up to seven feet from turned up tip to tip, will be on hand for the drive down Dodge's Wyatt Earp Boulevard. The event will also feature dozens of cowboys and cowgirls, a chuck wagon, an authentic stagecoach and much more.
Joining in the celebration, as celebrity Marshals for the drive, will be Buck Taylor, star of CBS's Gunsmoke (1955-1975); Hugh O'Brien, star of ABC's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1956-1959); Johnny Crawford, star of The Rifleman (1958-1963); star and co-creator, John Lehr, and co-creator Nancy Hower of the Hulu Original Quick Draw, among others. The event will kick off with a theatrical Wild West reenactment near the Boot Hill Museum.
Other Dodge City Days events include concerts, western art exhibits, food themed events, the notable PRCA Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, and more, all designed to encourage people to "Get the Heck into Dodge." For a complete list of events, visit http://www.dodgecitydays.com.