Originally Published: July 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Visitors to downtown Prescott Saturday and Sunday will think they have traveled in a time machine back to the "shoot-em'-up" Old West when the Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies take to the streets for their ninth annual Shootout on Whiskey Row.
The event runs at the corner of Montezuma and Goodwin streets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Six re-enactment groups will compete for the top prize in different skits each day, Regulator Neil Thomas said.
The Regulators and Their Shady Ladies will put on their shows at 9:15 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The group has titled its performances "Memories" to tell a bit about Prescott's history. The Shootout on Whiskey Row is a third official event that is part of Prescott's sesquicentennial celebration.
The Arizona Gunfighters out of Phoenix will draw their weapons for a shootout, and Dr. Buck Montgomery and the Wild Bunch are also coming to town to entertain the crowd with their professional Hollywood-style stunt show.
"Arizona's largest costume contest" will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Re-enactors are likely to enter, but anyone from the public may try for a prize, as well, Thomas said. The garb must represent the 1866 to 1892 era, Thomas said. "Any Old West costume is acceptable," he said, adding costumes will be judged for correctness.
Twenty vendors will be on hand with their wares - from Indian fry bread to 1880s clothing.
The vendors' apparel offers "a glimpse back to the 1800s with a chance to shop" that era at the same time, Thomas said.
The festivities are family-oriented, Thomas said, with games for children as part of the fun.
All of the shootout events are free, but the Prescott Regulators will be accepting donations that will go to Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. Since the Regulations are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible.