Crowds draw from far and wide to Shootout on Whiskey Row
Event continues today
The Shootout on Whiskey Row drew crowds from all over Arizona as well as plenty from other states Saturday, July 28.
Some, like Bri McCoy and her nephew Richard Thompson, 5, came all the way from Los Angeles.
McCoy said she decided to come to the Shootout because of Thompson. She said she thought it would be interesting for him to see the event and be exposed to live entertainment. He really enjoyed panning for gold and Thompson said he enjoyed watching the reenactments. “I liked them shooting,” he said. “The sheriff moved somewhere and he didn’t get shot.”
The two of them weren’t the only people who came to see the Shootout from other places. Peoria resident Savien Binoka brought her cousin to the Shootout, noting it was their first time in Arizona and figured it would be fun to see the event.
Whiskey Row Shootout 2018
In addition to the reenactments put on by groups such as the Arizona Gunfighters or Dr. Buck and the Wild Bunch, the Shootout on Whiskey Row had some demonstrations, including that of blacksmith Eric Leblanc. A full-time farrier, Leblanc said he’s been doing blacksmith work for about 20 years. One of the things he was working on Saturday afternoon was a knife that took him 20 minutes to shape.
“This is a rebar knife and what I’ll do, after I get done making it, then I’ll case harden it, go ahead and put a hard surface on that,” he said. “Normally, rebar is just not real good quality steel. Horseshoes and railroad spikes are much better quality. People have been intrigued by the fact it’s out of rebar.”
Also at the Shootout was Geneva Eads of Buckaroo Bobbins Authentic Vintage Western Clothing Patterns, a haberdashery dealing in sewing supplies and ready-made clothing. Eads said she’s been making the clothing for about 25 years and has so much fun doing it. Buckaroo Bobbins can be found at www.buckaroobobbins.com.
The 13th annual Shootout on Whiskey Row continues from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Prescott Mile High Middle School’s athletic field, 300 S. Granite St.
It’s a free event, though the Regulators do ask that if anyone enjoys what they see, they should donate, said Prescott Regulators President Neil Thomas. That’s how the organization gets the money to run the Shootout and the money for its scholarship.
Over the past two years, the Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies have given away more than $5,000 in scholarships, he said.
For more information about the Shootout on Whiskey Row, visit prescottregulators.org.