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WestFest returns to the Eiteljorg Aug. 1, Wells Fargo Stagecoach event Friday, July 31 on Monument Circle

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DeShong Perry-Smitherman
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WestFest returns to the Eiteljorg Aug. 1, Wells Fargo Stagecoach event Friday, July 31 on Monument Circle

Cowboys and cowgirls, Stick Horse Rodeo competitions, stagecoach rides
and more fun western activities at the Eiteljorg this weekend


INDIANAPOLIS – Campfire smoke. Chuckwagon cooking. Horses. Music. Cowboys. Cowgirls. The sights and sounds of the American West will come alive on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art during WestFest 2015. Visitors to the south quadrant of Monument Circle can get a free WestFest preview, complete with western games and the Wells Fargo stagecoach, beginning 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 31 on Monument Circle.

Friday’s preview at Monument Circle

On Friday, July 31, the Wells Fargo stagecoach, a replica of the six-horse Concord coaches famed for charging across the vast plains of the West, will spend two hours at Monument Circle to kick off WestFest. From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., visitors to the circle can have their pictures taken with the stagecoach, learn more about WestFest and play games. At 1:30 p.m. the stagecoach will leave Monument Circle and head south on Meridian St. to Washington St. and head west to the Eiteljorg Museum.

Saturday’s WestFest at the Eiteljorg Museum
Put on your western bib and tucker and saddle up for a journey to the West

The strumming of guitars, the aroma of food cooking and the clink of iron against iron will welcome visitors to the American West right here in Indianapolis. Entertainment includes western swing from The Roundups, camp and trail songs from The Indianapolis Old-Time Ambassadors and gold rush era music from Willoughby Sprig. Audiences will also enjoy stories from The Black Cowboy Michael Smith, Hopalong Cassidy and Coyote Kate.

 Visitors will love experiencing the excitement of the West at WestFest. From posing for a wanted poster to panning for gold, from competing in the Stick Horse Rodeo to taking a ride on a stagecoach, this not-to-miss fandango promises a fun-filled time for parents and kids alike. Other interactive activities include: 

  • Chuckwagon grub samples to eat and sarsaparilla to drink
  • Art-making hands-on activities and games for all ages

  • Western Swing 101

  • Stagecoach rides on authentic Wells Fargo stagecoach

  • Cow milking, barrel racing, bucking broncos and more as part of the Stick Horse Rodeo

  • Working blacksmiths

  • Popular exhibit Gold! Riches and Ruin – Last chance to see a surgical kit used by gold miners, props from the movie City Slickers plus other amazing art and artifacts from America’s gold rushes

  • Test your knowledge about western myths and legends

WestFest is presented by the Sunrise Foundation and sponsored by Wells Fargo. Admission to WestFest is included with museum general admission. WestFest image

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

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