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A performer in the Guthrie Gunfighters gun shot at Saturday's Western Days fires off a shot. (Photographer/Victoria Middleton)

A performer in the Guthrie Gunfighters gun shot at Saturday’s Western Days fires off a shot. (Photographer/Victoria Middleton)

 

Festival featured new events for families to enjoy

The 40th anniversary of Mustang’s Western Days went off without a glitch, officials report.

Chamber Executive Director Renee Peerman said thousands and thousands of people enjoyed the festival which featured everything from 100 parade entries to nearly 100 vendors in Wildhorse Park.

“I do think it was bigger than it has been before,” Peerman said. “We had almost 100 vendors and they were all successful and happy.”

The festival’s new features, like the Chuck Wagon Supper on Saturday, was a huge success with the wagons running out of food so many people attended.

The coloring contest, which awarded local students free tickets to the Chuck Wagon event, went well for its first year.

“We plan to continue that again next year,” Peerman said. “We have already begun debriefing on each of the events.”

A weekend of beautiful weather, except for a rain shower late Friday, didn’t hamper any of the festivities. There were a few puddles on the ground when the parade rolled around Saturday, but many found themselves reaching for blankets to stay warm as the floats, bands and entries scooted on by.

The annual car show, located at First Baptist Church, was “crazy packed,” Peerman said, with more than 200 entries.
Safety is always a huge priority during Western Days for the city. Peerman said the city’s application to put in a crosswalk and stop light at Plantation Terrace was not in place for this year’s festival.

“ODOT rejected the city’s application, ” Peerman said. “We heard reports of people crossing Mustang Road and we hate that and encourage people not to do that.

“We did run a shuttle back and forth to help with this. But the city is appealing ODOT’s decision and we are hoping they will win that appeal and get our stop light for next year.”

For more information on Western Days or to contact the chamber, call 376-2758.

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