September 23, 2017

National Crafts & Cowboy Festival (SDC)

 Welcome back to Silver Dollar City and the newly renamed fall festival.
This year they are calling it the National Crafts and Cowboy Festival.

 Not much has really changed from the National Harvest Festival days other than the name.  The main focus of the festival is still the crafters.

 The restored original stagecoach from "early SDC days" is back again this year.

 There are a lot of crafter stands on the square this year.

 Love the demonstrations.

 Bratcher Cooperage has been coming to this festival for as long as I can remember.

 Washington Forge has become another staple for the festival.

 The Frisco Barn is once again the Cowboy Emporium

 Lots of different artwork on display for sale.

 The horseshoe sculptures were pretty neat.

 Buck Taylor was back again with his famous Western artwork.

 Chuck wagon cooking is back again this year.  Make sure you check out one of his demonstrations as he provides free samples afterwards.

 The Farnum Family was performing on the Cowboy Poet Stage today.  I'm pretty sure this family has performed at the park during Bluegrass & BBQ before.  They were quite talented.

 Make sure you check out all of the displays in the Red Gold Courtyard.

 The Wild West Show is back again for another season at the Red Gold Heritage Hall.

 The Hoop Dancer is very talented.

The trick roper does several routines but ends with this very large loop.

 The dog act is hilarious.

 Check out the size of that dog pulling the stagecoach.

 The guy who performed the trick roping comes back and demonstrates the bull whip.

 A new act for this year is marksmen shooting.  She starts by firing at balloons while riding her horse around the arena.

 She finishes her act by doing the famous over the shoulder shot that Annie Oakley performed in Wild Bill's Wild West Show.

 The final act featured trick riding.

 The three females were quite talented.

 The show ended with 5 horses being rode around the arena.

It was a great show and an excellent festival.