Prescott Regulators aim to revive spirit of the Old West at shootout
The Prescott Regulators are polishing their boots and weaponry and their Shady Ladies are spiffing up their ruffled finery as they get ready for their annual "Shootout on Whiskey Row" Saturday and Sunday.
The event actually takes place on the southeast corner of the courthouse plaza on Cortez Street in downtown Prescott this year, even though its name is the same as in years past, said publicity officer Lynn McDougal.
The skits that people can expect to see reflect "the classic West between the years of 1866 to 1892 when Congress officially declared the West dead," McDougal said. "In the mid-1880s no one would venture out unarmed."
This is the spirit of "Shootout on Whiskey Row," which draws reenactment groups, such as Guns and Garters, Mohave Mule Skinners and the Apple Dumpling Gang, all from California. From around the state come Goodyear's Dr. Buck and the Wild Bunch, Queen Creek's Southwest Legends Gunfighters, Arizona Gunfighters, Arizona Ghost Riders, and Yuma's Deguello Gun Slingers.
The Prescott bunch will perform "Bandit Rustlers: Wrong Place, Wrong Time" on Sunday.
Activities on both Saturday and Sunday begin at 9 a.m. with the Prescott Regulators Regulars Color Guard, the singing of the national anthem, a prayer and moment of silence for deceased reenactors and a welcome by Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall.
The reenactment groups will perform at various times throughout both days, with awards for winning acts set for Sunday morning, McDougal said.
A host of vendors will be on hand, selling such items as reenactment clothing, leatherwork, hearing protection for shooters and an array of crafts.
Entertainment will feature Clyde Score, Joe Bethencourt and Gypsy Chicks.
Lucky ticket holders in the event's raffle will take home baskets, valued from $425 to $450 each, full of gift certificates for goods and services. A silent auction offers a chance at a tour of Prescott Brewing Company for a party of 10.
Net proceeds from the Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies "Shootout on Whiskey Row" benefit Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. The group will also be selling tickets for a drawing for a Thomas Kinkade print, valued at $1,000. Proceeds from the drawing will benefit Sharlot Hall Museum.