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June 5, 2014

The Old West returns

Annual Frontier Days event Saturday

By BARBARA MANSON | Special to the Index

PALO PINTO – It’s that time of the year again in Palo Pinto – Frontier Days.

There will be lots to do in Palo Pinto this Saturday as the community celebrates its county heritage from the town originally named Golconda in 1856 to historic Palo Pinto today. Cowboy and Indian stories were a reality in Palo Pinto County for early ranchers such as Slaughter, Carter, Vaughn, Loving, Goodnight and Belding who lived a hard-scrabble existence in what we consider a romantic period due to cinematic influences. Frontier Days can take you back to give you a small taste of the life those early founders of our county endured.

As always, old settlers of the county will be there. They will be signing in and greeting folks from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. People attending are encouraged to talk to them and enjoy their pioneer spirit that makes this county unique.  

There will be a mini-melodrama performed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. to help get you into the frontier feeling.  Even better, join in by coming in period dress to help enhance the mood of Frontier Days.

Barbecue will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the extension building. Don’t miss putting on the feed bag, you won’t regret it. It’s great food – eat your fill and the servers will graciously accept donations.

What would Frontier Days be without live country music? Come, enjoy and join in if you want to show off your talent.  

As always, the first-class Old Jail Museum and Frontier Village will be open from 9 am. until close of activities. This collection of 1800s cabins and artifacts rivals anything that can be seen throughout Texas. Everywhere in the museum you will be able to see live history with demonstrations of doll making, sewing, quilting, spinning, whittling, flint knapping and more.

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