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Lots of gunfire, no gore at this weekend's Whiskey Row Shootout

Members of the Arizona Gunfighters from Mesa re-enact the gunfight at the O.K. Corral during the ninth annual Whiskey Row Shootout. This year’s event is July 23-24, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days in downtown Prescott.

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Members of the Arizona Gunfighters from Mesa re-enact the gunfight at the O.K. Corral during the ninth annual Whiskey Row Shootout. This year’s event is July 23-24, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days in downtown Prescott.

Some of the staged skits at Saturday and Sunday’s Whiskey Row Shootout event are based on historical events. Others will show “history as we think it could have been,” said Dave Schenkar, member of the Prescott Regulators and Shady Ladies (PRSL). Regardless of truth or fiction, any time all day long makes for a great photo opportunity for history or photography buffs.

The 11th annual re-enactment competition provides continual entertainment this weekend, July 23-24, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days, with a Western dance Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission to the dance is $3 per person or $5 for two, with music provided by Five in the Wheel. At least nine groups will be competing, with results announced at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The day events are free and take place on the corner of Goodwin and Montezuma streets. An 1800s costume contest takes place Saturday at 12:15 p.m. for anyone from the groups or the public.

Just prior, at noon, the PRSL will present a check to the Yavapai College Education Foundation to provide scholarships that will benefit a veteran or a member of a veteran’s family who has shown him- or herself “to be persistent with educational accomplishments and who will stay in school,” Schenkar said.

PRSL President Neil Thomas said administrative costs to offer the scholarships run about 5 percent and the Regulators will pay that cost.

“It’s a full $1,000 scholarship we are awarding. We’re hoping this next year we will be able to double that,” he said. The group has raised enough for two scholarships this fall.

The Regulators and Shady Ladies raise money through events like the Shootout where they take donations, and other “jobs” like the bartending they did at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Dance. The money also helps pay for their supplies, such as blank cartridges, and to build mobile sets.

The Shootout on Whiskey Row is a family event, Schenkar said, where all participants are pros with weapons and safety. Groups will give demonstrations on gun safety throughout both days.

“There’s no blood spattering out, no gore, no goo. People get shot at a distance. They can fall down, but they just get back up again,” he said, adding that some skits have a “Laurel-and-Hardy type” of humor.

Since July 23 is National Day of the Cowboy, the organization also sponsors a 10-mile trail ride on Saturday from the Granite Dells trailhead to Whiskey Row; arrival time is set for 2 p.m.

Vendors and exhibitors will have Western items, clothes and leather products for sale. The Regulators sell commemorative T-shirts for the event and raffle tickets for big and little items.

For more information on the trail ride, call Liv Nilson at: 602-679-7397 or Mike Tickle 602-550-5629, or go to www.prsllongriders.com.