Celebrate the Old West
By Aramiss Navaii
Presenting Gilman’s Wild West Festival and Western Art Show
The Wild West Charity Bike Ride takes place the same weekend. Riders gain free access to the Festival and Art Show.
Time travel back through the Wild West Festival and Western Art Show at the Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2.
Catch glimpses of the Wild West through the cultural expression of life and folklore of the American westward expansion. Experience and celebrate a significant time in Banning’s history.
Dates: Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2
Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Sunday)
Price: $6 car or $3 adult, $2 child, $1 leashed dog
Location: Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum, 1901 West Wilson St., Banning, CA 92220
Contact: Shelley Kibby, 951-313-0277
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In addition, the Wild West Charity Bike Ride, benefiting the Playhouse Bowl and the Banning Centennial will take place Saturday, June 1. The ride starts and ends at Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum; riders can enjoy the festival and art show for free.
Fun for the whole family!
The activities for the festival will be representative of those in the 19th century. Some of these activities include gold-panning, blacksmithing, pony rides, old-fashioned ice-cream making, horseshoe tossing, a kids’ shooting gallery, hayrides, rope-making, vendors and so much more! There will be wagon museum tours. The festival will have live musical entertainment and old Western re-enactments performed by the Border Renegades and the Santa Ana River Desperados.
The festival will feature The Pennyroyal Players, a traveling musical women’s group who tell lively stories with songs about the journey of settling to the American West. The cast includes creator Anne Destabelle, Gay Durward, Ann Ehrenclou and Faye Schwartz, and Joan Perkins, Palos Verdes and Torrance residents. This musical group entices audiences with a production that includes, singing, story-telling and musical instruments, centered on the American Frontier.
The Wild West festival will have its own fashion show!
Samantha Free is a seamstress and costume designer with over 30 years of experience. She has worked and provided her expertise in the movie industry, television, theater and museums. The fashion show will feature her clothing from the 1860s to the late 1880s. She will also have some of the costumes on display and will be selling some of her creations.
Be sure to ride the new Banning stage coach!
Take a stroll through the historic and iconic Gilman Ranch. Have a picnic with the backdrop of the majestic mountains and view of the green pastures. Make it a family affair!