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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: August 17, 2016

Event Info, Contacts, Websites 2016 Dates 2017 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
As of August 17, 2016, their website and Facebook pages were no longer active.  
BONANZA FRIENDSHIP REUNION
At Lorne Greene's former home, the Ponderosa II, in Mesa, Arizona
Websites: http://ponderosa2.com/
  February 24-26, 2017
WILLIAMSBURG (Virginia) FILM FESTIVAL
Holiday Inn - Patriot Convention Center, Williamsburg, Virginia
2017 event will be the 21st and last Williamsburg Film Festival
Website: http://www.williamsburgfilmfestival.org
March 9-12, 2016 March 8-11, 2017
HIGH CHAPARRAL REUNION
Tucson, Arizona
Website: http://thehighchaparralreunion.com
March 17-20, 2016 March 17-19, 2017
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
Websites:
http://cottonmuseum.com/calendar.html
http://www.amacmuseum.com/
May 14, 2016  
JOHN WAYNE ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Winterset, Iowa, the birthplace of John Wayne
Website: http://johnwaynebirthplace.museum/
May 27-28, 2016 May 26-27, 2017
MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL
Sam's Town Resort, Tunica, Mississippi (30 miles south of Memphis, TN)
Website: http://www.thememphisfilmfestival.com
June 9-11, 2016 June 8-10, 2017
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
As of late June, 2016, the website shows "Domain Name Has Expired": http://www.royrogersfestival.org
The RR Festival Facebook page has the Roy Rogers 33rd Annual Festival on August 3-6, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Portsmouth, Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/RoyRogersMemorysMuseum
August 3-6, 2016  
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  
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
   
THE HIGH CHAPARRAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Marriott Burbank, Burbank, California
Website: http://www.50thanniversarythehighchaparral.com/
  September 15-16, 2017
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/
September 24-25, 2016  
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  
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN TV SERIES CONVENTION
Los Angeles Convention Center
Website: http://www.m7con.org/
October 8-10, 2016  



REMEMBERING SOME PAST FILM / NOSTALGIA CONVENTIONS
NO LONGER ACTIVE
SPIRIT OF THE COWBOY
Hico, Texas
Event held in 2015. Website: http://www.spiritofthecowboy.net/

FESTIVAL OF THE WEST
WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona
Last event was held in 2013. Website: http://www.festivalofthewest.com/

FIRST ANNUAL WESTERN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Boise, Idaho
Event held in 2015.
Website: http://idahowesternheritagefestival.com/

WILD WESTERN FESTIVAL
Glendale, Arizona
Website: http://www.wildwesternfestival.com/
According to their website, 2015 was the last Wild Western Festival.

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
Hardin County, Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2013 Gene Autry Days was the last.

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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