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Bluegrass, Wild West events all weekend at Petrack

<p>Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - The stars from this year’s Wild West Extravaganza melodrama production of “Rowdy Joe and the Lost Prospector’s Mine…or Baby it’s Gold Outside,” are from left, Roberta “Granny” Bock, Frank King, Carol Fucillo, Carlton McCaslin and Sue Zink.</p>

Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - The stars from this year’s Wild West Extravaganza melodrama production of “Rowdy Joe and the Lost Prospector’s Mine…or Baby it’s Gold Outside,” are from left, Roberta “Granny” Bock, Frank King, Carol Fucillo, Carlton McCaslin and Sue Zink.

The Wild West Extravaganza and the Acoustic Grass Festival, have joined forces for a weekend of music and events May 2-4 at Petrack Park.

Among the bluegrass bands performing will be Still House Road, Stuck In Reverse, Out Of The Desert and Wandering Woods. The bluegrass music will be presented in the park the entire weekend. There is always a bit of a jam session, a few contests and raffles which go along with the music and are fundraisers for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10054 on Homestead Road.

The Shadow Mountain Community Players will hold the annual melodrama in the Bob Ruud Community Center. This year’s production is titled “Rowdy Joe and the Lost Prospector’s Mine or Baby It’s Gold Outside,” by M. K. O’Roark.

The melodrama format has changed somewhat. The show which begins at 7 p.m., will open the doors at 6 p.m. and Friday’s event tickets are $10.

Saturday night will be a dinner theatre of deep-pit barbecue and fixin’s to accompany the show. Tickets for Saturday’s event are $20 and includes dinner. Doors open for the evening performances at 6 p.m. and the melodrama starts at 7 p.m.

Sunday is a matinee with doors opening at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. starting time. Tickets are available at the library located at 701 East St. or by calling 775-727-6145.

In the arena will be an open youth rodeo as well as the Sin City Mounted Shooters.

The other usual events such as Boomtown, historical re-enactors, children’s games, deep-pit barbecue, a Civil War weapons display, the Native American Village and more are still on tap throughout the weekend.

Saturday, May 3, will feature the first Great Outhouse Race. Entrants build their own “outhouses” mounted on wheels and push them across the finish line. The design makes the outhouses a bit unwieldy and difficult to steer.

Entry forms are available at the library or by calling 775-727-6145. There will be prizes for the fastest entry as well as a people’s choice award.

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