Watch for news about Festival of the West!!

Although the 2013 Festival of the West was successful in bringing back the old west feel, the Promoters have elected not to move forward with their effort.  The event ownership has reverted back to Mary and Jim Brown, who are currently looking  at options for the future of the event.

Mary and Jim would like to find an enthusiastic producer who is able to dedicate full-time efforts and considerable financial support to the event.

You can contact Mary Brown at:

images/jjnewpic.gifWestern Music Jamboree
Three stages of continuous western music and cowboy entertainment fill the air with songs from the old and new west, performed by some of the top western entertainers in the country.  General Entertainment is included in the price of Admission.

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 Western Trade Show
The National Festival of the West provides one of the largest western shopping experiences in the country. With over 200 exhibitors, shoppers will find everything in western merchandise.


Log Home Show
Learn more about White Mountain recreational property.  See cabin accessories and furnishings. Expand your knowledge of log homes and log home building.


Western Film Festival
Western silver screen heroes visit with guests at The National Festival of the West.  Listen in on celebrity panel discussions and learn, firsthand, what happened on the set. Visit with celebrities at autograph sessions and talk with the stars.

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Each year The National Festival of the West presents this prestigious award to men and women who have contributed to the continuance of the western life-style and who have demonstrated the characteristics so admired in the American cowboy. 

Cowboy Poetry
Cowboy is a verb, not a noun. It's what you do, not a title. Using rhyming stories to tell folks about the rugged and lonely cowboy life began with the great cattle drives and continues at The National Festival of the West with some of the top cowboy poets in the country. 

Fun for the Whole Family

Family was important in the old west and that focus is carried on at The National Festival of  the West. Friday is KIDS DAY with children admitted Free of Charge to explore and learn about the old west.  There are plenty of great children's activities held every day at the Festival. 

Chuck Wagon Cook Off
images/chkwgn_s.jpg (15509 bytes) Chuck wagons, complete with cantankerous cooks, come from all over the country to vie for prizes for the best "trail style grub." Cooking over open fires, contestants conjure up the three "Bs" -beef, beans, biscuits- plus taters and a dessert. Chuck wagons are also judged for authenticity.

Costume Contest

A popular annual event, the Festival of the West Costume Contest will be
held Saturday, March 20th. Dress up as your favorite character and join the fun competing for trophies & ribbons. Come as a rambunctious saloon girl...shifty-eyed snake oil salesman...rugged mountain man, military soldier, cowboy or lawman.  Costume Contest categories include Madame, Saloon Woman, Townslady, Gunfighter, Cowboy and Townsman, Male and Female Specialty.  The historic period is from 1850 to 1899 Victorian/American West.  There is no charge to enter, so come and join in the fun.

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Mountain Man Rendezvous & Sutler's Row
Housed in canvas tents and dressed in authentic 1830s clothing, these men and women sell goods typical of the mountain man era. Demonstrations from the period can also be observed.


Buffalo Soldiers
Join the Buffalo Soldiers at their military encampment. Ask questions of the history of the famous Black military group and learn more about their history and their bravery during the Indian wars and settling of the American West.

The goal of the Festival is to keep the history and the spirit of the cowboy and the old west alive, says Trail Boss Mary Brown. Whether attracted by the history of the west, the legend and the lore of the cowboy, the western collectibles and exhibitors, or the romance of the Hollywood western, there is something for everyone at the National Festival of the West.  Be sure to join the celebration and have a bang up good time.


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