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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: June 28, 2015

Event Info, Contacts, Websites 2015 Dates 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.  
5th Annual APACHELAND DAYS
Apache Junction, Arizona
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Apacheland
Unknown status when checked on May 29, 2015  
PONDEROSA II - GOING HOME AGAIN
at home built by Lorne Greene in 1963 to look like the Ponderosa Ranch House
Mesa, Arizona
Website: http://www.lornegreenesponderosa.com
February 20-22, 2015  
WILLIAMSBURG (Virginia) FILM FESTIVAL
Holiday Inn - Patriot Convention Center, Williamsburg, Virginia
Contact: Ray Smith at (919) 957-0222 (North Carolina)
Larry Floyd at (757) 482-2490 (Virginia) or e-mail: info@williamsburgfilmfestival.org
Dealer Inquiries: Contact Gene Blottner at (757) 423-4152 or e-mail: ECBCAB@aol.com
Website: http://www.williamsburgfilmfestival.org
March 4-7, 2015 March 9-12, 2016
FESTIVAL OF THE WEST
WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona
Website: http://www.festivalofthewest.com/
Unknown status (event was not held in 2014)  
HIGH CHAPARRAL REUNION
Tucson, Arizona
Website: http://thehighchaparralreunion.com
March 19-22, 2015 March 17-20, 2016
SANTA CLARITA (California) COWBOY FESTIVAL
Santa Clarita, California
Website: http://www.cowboyfestival.org/
April 15-19, 2015  
HOPALONG CASSIDY FESTIVAL
Cambridge, Ohio
Contact: Laura Bates (740) 826-4850 or Guernsey County Visitors Bureau at 800-933-5480
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
May 1-2, 2015  
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/
May 15-16, 2015  
JOHN WAYNE ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Winterset, Iowa, the birthplace of John Wayne
Website: http://johnwaynebirthplace.museum/
May 22-24, 2015  
MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL
Sam's Town Resort, Tunica, Mississippi (30 miles south of Memphis, TN)
Website: http://www.thememphisfilmfestival.com
June 11-13, 2015 June 9-11, 2016
BONANZA ROUNDUP 2
Carson City, Nevada
Website: http://bonanzaroundup.com/
Website was not working when checked on February 26, 2015, and the domain name is for sale.
Facebook page was not working when checked on January 25, 2015:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonanza-Round-Up-2-Carson-City-2014/166663383428301
Unknown status when checked on June 5, 2015  
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 8-11, 2015  
ANNUAL ROY ROGERS FESTIVAL
Portsmouth, Ohio
Website: http://www.royrogersfestival.org
but as of June 22, 2015, the royrogersfestival.org website is empty and listed as "domain name expired".
However, Facebook and an April, 2015 article in a local newspaper has the 32nd RR Festival on August 5-8, 2015:
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/news/home_top-news/153018262/Roy-Rogers-Festival-in-August
https://www.facebook.com/RoyRogersMemorysMuseum
August 5-8, 2015 ???  
WESTERN LEGENDS CELEBRATION
Kanab, Utah (Utah's Little Hollywood)
Website: http://www.westernlegendsroundup.com/
August 27-29, 2015  
SPIRIT OF THE COWBOY
McKinney, Texas
Website: http://www.spiritofthecowboy.net/
October 16-18, 2015  
MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION
Hunt Valley, Maryland (near Baltimore)
Website: http://www.midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com
September 17-19, 2015  
GUNSMOKE 60th ANNIVERSARY and ANNUAL SILVER SPUR AWARDS
Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California
Websites:
http://www.gunsmoke60th.com/home.html
http://www.reelcowboys.org/RC_SilverSpurAwards.htm
September 18, 2015  
 FIRST ANNUAL WESTERN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Boise, Idaho
Website: http://idahowesternheritagefestival.com/
September 18-20, 2015  
TOM MIX FESTIVAL/WESTERN HERITAGE WEEKEND
Dewey, Oklahoma (Home of the Tom Mix Museum)
City of Dewey, OK website - check their Community Calendar for September, 2015:
http://www.cityofdewey.com/Residents/Community_Calendar.aspx
Tom Mix Museum website:
http://www.tommixmuseum.com/Welcome_.html
City of Dewey website has September 26, 2015 as the kickoff for the Festival  
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
October 1-4, 2015  
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN TV SERIES CONVENTION
Los Angeles Convention Center
Website: http://www.m7con.org/
October 23-25, 2015  
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 9-11, 2015  
WILD WESTERN FESTIVAL
Glendale, Arizona
Website: http://www.wildwesternfestival.com/
Contact: Phone: (623) 882-9428
October 23-25, 2015  



REMEMBERING SOME RECENT FILM / NOSTALGIA CONVENTIONS
NO LONGER ACTIVE
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

GENE AUTRY, OKLAHOMA MUSEUM
Gene Autry, Oklahoma
2009 was the last Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum Film and Music Festival
May, 2015 announcement that the Museum has closed
Website: http://www.geneautryokmuseum.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/

Gene Autry Museum of Local History, Gene Autry, OK 73436
Website: http://www.geneautryokmuseum.com/

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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