GENOA, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – A celebration of western culture, traditions, music, art, and food the cowboy way kicks off May 3,2013 for the Fourth Annual Genoa Cowboy Festival.
Scheduled for the weekend of May 3-5, the Cowboy Festival allows visitors to park without charge on downtown streets, where all activities are easy-walkin' close. Many events are either free or readily accessible with the terrific-value day pass-$15 for one day ($10 for children 12 and under) or $30 for all three days ($15 for children).
Free events include such family-friendly attractions as demonstrations by the Eagle Valley Muzzleloaders, Lake's Crossing Muzzleloaders, and the Mormon Station Mountain Men with the Mormon Battalion Encampments. The Native American Historic & Cultural Center features artisans, crafts vendors, and presentations about Great Basin tribes and activities ranging from flint knapping to tribal dancing.
Various singers, musicians, and cowboy poets will also be performing in the open air, free to the public. In addition, visitors are welcome at the mercantile locations and art galleries, where cowboy apparel, hats, boots, belts, and collectibles are on display as well as works by fine artists and craftspeople, ranging from painters to furniture makers.
Popular performances feature Mark Twain played by McAvoy Layne, Kit Carson by Dick Clark, Snowshoe Thompson by Don Thompson, and Sarah Winnemucca by Diana Borges.
Special presenters this year are actor Glenn Ford's son Peter Ford, who discusses his father's western films, and Cheryl Rogers, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans' daughter. She explores her parents' careers with the films "In His Own Words" (by Roy) and "Dale Evans: A Most Remarkable Woman."
For information about festival activities and to purchase day passes and tickets, visit www.genoacowboyfestival.org or www.genoacowboyfestival.blogspot.com or call the town office, 775-782-8696.