Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Palms Springs West Fest & Rodeo

American Western traditions are alive and well...in of all places....Palm Springs, CA. Long known as a haven for celebrities and members of the rich and famous, Palm Springs actually has an even longer history as a western, desert town. Acknowledging that history, Palm Springs will play host to a weekend long event (March 24 - 27) called West Fest. This will include: a Celebrity Autograph Party, Native American Village, a Mountain Man Encampment, carnival rides, a Gene Autry Film Festival, live western, music shows, Mexican charro (cowboy) riding performances and vendors of all sorts...to name a few.

The crown to all of this will be the Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo covering three days of the event (i.e. March 25 - 27). West Fest will be held at various locations around town.

Additional events include: Cowboy Mounted Shooting, a Western Design Expo, the True Glitz Western Style Retrospective and the Bogert BBQ Showdown. Palm Springs can be reached by traveling on I-10 east of Los Angeles. Then follow the signs into town. West Fest is located on a 25 acre site off Avenida Caballeros near the Palm Springs Convention Center.

(** The information and dates in this posting were found in various sources including the Palm Springs Life Desert Guide, March 2011).

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