It has been 37 years since Tombstone first honored the West’s most famous lawman. The annual event continues to attract crowds of newcomers, along with die-hard Wyatt Earp fans who return to see the simulated gunfights, hangings, skits in the street and other entertainment.
New for 2017 is a Wyatt Earp look-alike-contest. Add an 1880s fashion show, a chili cook-off on Sunday, shopping and dining for a fun-filled experience from Saturday, May 27, through Memorial Day Monday, May 29.
Legends like Wyatt Earp and “Doc” Holliday have earned their place in history after the Gunfight at the OK Corral that took place on Oct. 26, 1881 near — but not at — the corral. The brief gunfight included cowboys Billy Claiborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury on one side versus Town Marshal Virgil Earp, and special policemen Morgan Earp and Wyatt Earp.
“Wyatt Earp Days seems to bring out the little boy in so many intrigued with the Earp story. Grown men stride Allen Street in full costume with six guns hanging from their waists. It’s a should-not-miss spectacle. If you love Western history, set sail for Tombstone to witness the performances,” said Earp historian Scott Dyke.
Add a visit to the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park that includes a museum with artifacts of those who created local history. Exhibits show Tombstone as a frontier silver-mining town. It’s also a place to learn about lives of former cattlemen and miners.
The three-day event is organized by the Tombstone Lion’s Club. Reenactments take place each of the three-days on Historic Allen Street between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Visitors will hear gun shots, smell gunpowder and witness a mock-up of a renowned event from137 years ago.
Tombstone is about an hour and 15 minute drive from Green Valley and Sahuarita and a fun and historic way to spend part of the three-day weekend.
Contact Green Valley freelance reporter Ellen Sussman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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