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WestFest is Back this Saturday | Wells Fargo Stagecoach on Monument Circle Friday

by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festivals and events manager | Jul 29, 2015

Has there been a hitch in your gitalong since the last WestFest way back in 2012? Well, the Eiteljorg is someone to ride the river with! We listened to your bellyaching and are excited to announce the return of the popular family event.

Put on your western bib and tucker and join us as we bring back the sights, sounds, and smells of the American West at WestFest on Saturday, Aug.  1.

Enjoy a day full of family fun:

  • Pose for a wanted posterWestFest 2011 014
  • Pan for gold
  • Try authentic chuckwagon grub and drink sarsaparilla
  • Compete in the stick-horse rodeo
  • Take a ride on a stagecoach
  • Hands on activities, games, and westerns
  • Sing, dance, and yodel along with western performers.
  • Try your hand at making a rope, roping a cow and trick roping.
  • Hang out with working blacksmiths
  • Check out a surgical kit used by gold miners
  • Learn about western myths and legends

And more…

Whether you’re a dude, cowpoke, or a tenderfoot, you don’t want to miss this fandango. Every big bug should pony up for all the fluff duffs and put WestFest on your calendar now. It’s just two whoops and a holler.

Tickets are included with museum admission. WestFest is  on gullywasher  or shine.

Friday’s WestFest preview event 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. 

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

In case you need a tutorial on Western lingo and phrases, check this out:

Bellyaching - ComplaintsGoldPanning
Big bug - Important Person
Cowpoke -  Worker
Dude - Fancy person
Fandango -  Big Party
Fluff duffs -  Fancy food
Gitalong -  Not feeling right
Gullywasher -  Heavy rain
Pony up - Hurry
Ride the river with - You can count on us
Tenderfoot - Youngun’
Tucker -  Best clothes
Whoops and a holler -  Not far away


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