By Charlene Dean
Shoshone Old West Days
Every year, Shoshone Village celebrates its heritage by bringing together Western history and culture for the weekend.
Festivities include a craft show which will run all weekend; history talks in the Shoshone Museum, entertainment, bird walks, walking tours, and a deep-pit barbecue. The barbecue will be from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday only.
The event always begins with a series of history talks from various speakers.
This year, bird expert Len Warren will lead a bird walk through the Shoshone wetlands starting from the Crow Bar Cafe, at 8 a.m. He will bring out the birds of prey for a falconry show from 2 p.m. until dusk.
The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m., at the museum, with the keynote speaker, Robert McCracken, talking about his Nye County history project.
Joey Vitale will entertain at the Crow Bar from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, there will be entertainment from Jimmy “D”, line dancing, the Nye County Starletts and Drew Baker Band will entertain at the Crow Bar from 6 to 11 p.m.
Saturday history talks start at 1:30 with an address from Richard Cervantes, the Inyo County supervisor. Amy Noel, owner of Tecopa Hot Springs Resort, will talk about the Goldstone Mine; Barbara Durham will give a talk on the Timbisha tribe of Death Valley; Ethel Messer and George Ross will speak on Amargosa floods and July Palmer and Ross will talk about the Western Talc Mine.
Sunday, the speakers, who are also authors, will be available to sign books at the museum.
Beatty will celebrate 107 years with its annual celebration Oct. 28 to 30.
The festival, held in upper and lower Cottonwood Park, starts at 2 p.m. today and ends at 3 p.m. Sunday.
One of the big draws is a chili cook-off sanctioned by the International Chili Society, which will commence at 9:30 a.m., and judged at 2:30 p.m., Saturday. It will be one of the only sanctioned relatively local events this year. There is also a Dutch-oven cook-off on tap beginning at 9:30 a.m., Sunday.
Entertainment will be provided Friday by Maria Anderson and her Southern Knight Band. Saturday, the Bridgetown Riders and Cold Fire will be staged in the upper and lower parks. Cold Fire will play again Sunday, as well as The Tracy Barns Band.
There is a parade and Lions Club breakfast scheduled for Saturday morning and those competing in the Tombstone 5K run and 2K walk will register at 8 a.m. Saturday. A poker walk and run with you choosing your route, starts Friday at noon and ends Saturday at 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m.
Other events include a Halloween costume contest Friday evening and Trick-or-Treating in the park for the kids.
Exhibits, games for kids and adults, quick-draw competitions, bed races, tricycle races, old west shootouts, a car show, eating and belching contests, and biker games.
A health fair will be open to the public for free screenings at Nye Regional Medical Center and a model railroad exhibition will be on display in the Beatty Community Center.
A complete schedule with times is available at beattynevada.org/beattydays200.htm.