Coe Hill will throw the rootinest, tootinest, shootinest, ridin’ and ropin’ western show this side of number seven. At least that is what organizers of the first Coe Hill Wild West weekend hope for.
Dave Burke says the idea came about when a bunch of people were sitting around last year trying to think of fun things to do in the community. When the brainstorm subsided, what was left was a concept for this year’s newest festival, scheduled for the August long weekend (Aug. 1 to 3) at the Coe Hill Fairgrounds.
“We want to incorporate everything that we think might have been a part of the old west,” he says.
If all of the plans come through, there will be gunfights, bank robberies, trail riding, and roping events, with plenty of opportunity for public participation.
“For the kids we want to have a gold panning station. For the adults we have the support of the sport shooting association to have an air gun gallery.”
They have had meetings with a local riding club to possibly incorporate barrel racing and pole bending into the string of events.
He hopes too, with the help of local people that may want to volunteer their time, to have a quick draw contest (the guns will be filled with blanks, of course) and perhaps an archery contest, and some riding lessons, plus any other things that may come up in the near future.
If all goes according to plan, then a tradeshow will also be a part of the weekend, hopefully with the majority of exhibitors, including local artists, association a wild west theme into their presentation.
“We are also looking for people that have expertise in things like roping and riding that may want to volunteer their time that weekend to help teach some of the folks who will attend the event.”
It looks like organizers are on to something. More than 30 people have been attending regular meetings, and of them, just less then a hand full of those declined to help with the endeavour.
Organizers have slated the event to run on the same weekend as the Rockhound Gemboree on purpose, giving an alternative event to families that may have already attended the Gemboree on one day but who are still looking for something else to on the August long weekend. The second event may keep people in the region for another day to spend some more tourist dollars.
Beyond volunteers, community events cannot continue without the help of community sponsors, says Burke, and so, the group is still searching for local businesses that want to take advantage of marketing opportunities in being associated with the Wild West Weekend.
Phone Burke at 613-337-5768 for advertising opportunities, to volunteer, or to get more information on the Coe Hill Wild West Weekend.