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(Courtesy of Bobby J. Copeland)
 

(Courtesy of Bobby J. Copeland)

Above - Bobby with Ben Johnson, great horseman, Academy Award Winner and member of the 'John Ford Stock Company'.

Left - Bobby with Kelo Henderson of 26 MEN TV show.



(Courtesy of Bobby J. Copeland)

Above - Bobby with Buck Taylor (left) of TV's GUNSMOKE and his father, Dub 'Cannonball' Taylor (right), sidekick to Bill Elliott, Charles Starrett, Jimmy Wakely.




FILM / NOSTALGIA CONVENTIONS, FESTIVALS, EVENTS
Last updated: February 5, 2016

Event Info, Contacts, Websites 2016 Dates
ROY ROGERS HAPPY TRAILS CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Apple Valley, California
Proceeds support the Happy Trails Foundation
Website: http://www.happytrails.org/calendar.html
Various events throughout the year including a Roy and Dale Film Festival fund raiser. Check their website.
APACHELAND DAYS
Apache Junction, Arizona
Websites: http://www.apacheland.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Apacheland
Unknown status when checked in January, 2016
WILLIAMSBURG (Virginia) FILM FESTIVAL
Holiday Inn - Patriot Convention Center, Williamsburg, Virginia
Website: http://www.williamsburgfilmfestival.org
March 9-12, 2016
FESTIVAL OF THE WEST
WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona
Website: http://www.festivalofthewest.com/
Unknown status (last event was held in 2013)
HIGH CHAPARRAL REUNION
Tucson, Arizona
Website: http://thehighchaparralreunion.com
March 17-20, 2016
SANTA CLARITA (California) COWBOY FESTIVAL
Santa Clarita, California
Website: http://www.cowboyfestival.org/
April 20-24, 2016
AUDIE MURPHY DAYS
Fletcher Warren Civic Center and Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum
Greenville, Texas
Contact: Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum at (903) 450-4502
Websites:
http://cottonmuseum.com/calendar.html
http://www.amacmuseum.com/
 
JOHN WAYNE ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Winterset, Iowa, the birthplace of John Wayne
Website: http://johnwaynebirthplace.museum/
May 27-28, 2016
MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL
Sam's Town Resort, Tunica, Mississippi (30 miles south of Memphis, TN)
Website: http://www.thememphisfilmfestival.com
June 9-11, 2016
BONANZA ROUNDUP 2
Carson City, Nevada
Website: http://bonanzaroundup.com/
Website was not working when checked on January 5, 2016, and the domain name is for sale.
Facebook page was not working when checked on January 5, 2016:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonanza-Round-Up-2-Carson-City-2014/166663383428301
Unknown status when checked in January, 2016
WESTERN FILM FAIR AND NOSTALGIA CONVENTION
Hawthorne Inn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (336-777-3000)
Contact: Tommy Hildreth (828) 524-5251, or e-mail to: cowboys@cometwesterns.com
Website: http://www.westernfilmfair.com
July 13-16, 2016
ANNUAL ROY ROGERS FESTIVAL
Portsmouth, Ohio
Barry Nichols completed an update to the festival website and is the new webmaster: http://www.royrogersfestival.org
 
WESTERN LEGENDS CELEBRATION
Kanab, Utah (Utah's Little Hollywood)
Website: http://www.westernlegendsroundup.com/
August 25-27, 2016
MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION
Hunt Valley, Maryland (near Baltimore)
Website: http://www.midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com
September 15-17, 2016
ANNUAL SILVER SPUR AWARDS
Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California
Websites: http://www.reelcowboys.org/
September 16, 2016
FIRST ANNUAL WESTERN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Boise, Idaho
Event held in 2015, but when I checked on December 12, 2015, their website was for sale.
Website: http://idahowesternheritagefestival.com/
 
GUNSMOKE 60th ANNIVERSARY AT THE DODGE CITY WILD WEST FEST
Roundup Arena, Dodge City, Kansas
Event held in 2015 - unsure if anything is planned for 2016
Website: http://dodgecitywildwestfest.com/
 
GENE AUTRY, OKLAHOMA MUSEUM
Gene Autry, Oklahoma
The old Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum website was no longer working when checked on October 4, 2015: http://www.geneautryokmuseum.com/
Museum re-opened and a celebration was held on September 26, 2015: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gene-Autry-Oklahoma-Museum/159237214106784?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal
 
TOM MIX FESTIVAL/WESTERN HERITAGE WEEKEND
Dewey, Oklahoma (Home of the Tom Mix Museum)
City of Dewey, OK website: http://www.cityofdewey.com/Residents/Community_Calendar.aspx
Tom Mix Museum website: http://www.tommixmuseum.com/
 
ANNUAL REX ALLEN DAYS CELEBRATION
in conjunction with the Annual Western Music, Cowboy poetry and Old West Film Festival
Willcox, Arizona
Websites:
http://www.rexallenmuseum.org/
http://www.rexallendays.org/
Chamber of Commerce special events:
http://www.willcoxchamber.com/event_special.shtml
September 29-October 2, 2016
LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL
Lone Pine, California
Lone Pine Film Festival website:
http://www.lonepinefilmfestival.org/
Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce website:
http://www.lonepinechamber.org/
October 7-9, 2016
SPIRIT OF THE COWBOY
Hico, Texas
Website: http://www.spiritofthecowboy.net/
 
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN TV SERIES CONVENTION
Los Angeles Convention Center
Website: http://www.m7con.org/
October 8-10, 2016
WILD WESTERN FESTIVAL
Glendale, Arizona
Website: http://www.wildwesternfestival.com/
 



REMEMBERING SOME RECENT FILM / NOSTALGIA CONVENTIONS
NO LONGER ACTIVE
HOPALONG CASSIDY FESTIVAL
Cambridge, Ohio
Contact: Laura Bates (740) 826-4850
Website: http://hopalongcassidyfestival.com
2015 was the 25th Hoppy Festival ... and the last:
http://www.daily-jeff.com/local%20news/2015/05/01/hopalong-cassidy-festival-riding-off-into-the-sunset

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA FILM FESTIVAL
Asheville, North Carolina
Website: http://www.cometwesterns.com/filmfest.htm
Last festival was held in 2012

GOLDEN BOOT AWARDS
The last Golden Boot Awards program occurred in 2007 and was the 25th anniversary of the awards program.
Website: http://www.mptf.com/goldenbootawards

ANNUAL GENE AUTRY DAYS
Kenton, Ohio
Announcement at the Hardin County, Ohio Chamber of Commerce that no further Gene Autry Days will be held: http://www.hardinohio.org/new/Geneautrydays.aspx
Final Gene Autry Days was held June 22-23, 2013

JOHNNY MACK BROWN WESTERN FESTIVAL
Dothan, Alabama
Last held in 2011
Website (no longer working): http://www.johnnymackbrownfestival.com

WILD WEST COWBOY ROUND-UP
Annual Cowboy Round-up, Downtown Garland, Texas
Website (no longer working as of October 1, 2011): http://www.garlandcowboyroundup.com

DEAN SMITH CELEBRITY RODEO
Expo Center of Taylor County, Abilene, Texas
Benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute
Website (no longer working as of January, 2008): http://www.celebrityrodeo.org

RED RIVER WESTERN FESTIVAL
Shreveport, Louisiana
Website (no longer working as of 2005): http://www.redriverwesternfestival.com

TOMBSTONE WESTERN FILM FESTIVAL
Tombstone, Arizona
Website (no longer working as of January, 2006): http://tombstonewesternfilm.com/

BUCK JONES FESTIVAL
2004 Buck Jones Festival was cancelled due to illness and passing of Dom Marafioti.
Website (no longer working as of January, 2006): http://www.buckjones.org/

KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
Nothing scheduled
Website: http://www.cometwesterns.com/knoxvle.htm

TOM MIX FESTIVAL
DuBois, Pennsylvania
March 8, 2006 update from Tom Mix expert Bud Norris: the final TM Festival event was held in 2004.
Tom Mix Festival Website (no longer working as of September, 2005): http://www.tommixfestival.com
DuBois Area Historical Society website: http://www.duboishistoricalsociety.com/



FAVORITE WESTERN FILM PUBLICATIONS
(when contacting any of the following, tell them Bobby Copeland sent you):

Western Clippings (the ultimate source for news about movie and TV cowboys), Boyd Magers, 1312 Stagecoach Rd., SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
Website: http://www.westernclippings.com/

Wrangler's Roost, 23 Sabrina Way, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, BS9 1ST, England

Big Trail (John Wayne), 540 Stanton Ave., Akron, OH 44301


MUSEUMS AND FAN CLUBS:

Autry National Center of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage), 4700 Western Heritage Way, L. A., CA 90027
Website: http://theautry.org/

Rex Allen Museum, 1100 W. Rex Allen Dr., Willcox, AZ 85643
Website: http://www.rexallenmuseum.org

Hoppy Talk, 6310 Friendship Dr. New Concord, OH 43762

Lone Ranger Silver Bullet, P.O. Box 1493, Longmont, CO 80502
Website: http://www.lonerangerfanclub.com/joinfanclub.html

The Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, 600 Interstate 30 East, P.O. Box 347, Greenville, Texas 75403
Website: http://cottonmuseum.com/audie.htm

Audie Murphy Fan Club: George Keck, 323 NW 62nd St., Lawton, OK 73505, E-mail: roadkill@lcisp.com


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