Preacher and choir confirmed for Coe Hill Wild West weekend as frontier town grows on fairground

A frontier town is under construction on the Coe Hill fairgrounds, for the first Wild West Weekend Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. Photo by Brent Goodwin.

A frontier town is under construction on the Coe Hill fairgrounds, for the first Wild West Weekend Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. Photo by Brent Goodwin.

COE HILL — Things seem to be falling into place for the first Coe Hill Wild West Weekend.

A frontier town was under construction this week, leading up the the family event Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.  The town will include bank, land office, jail, mercantile, fast draw parloor, school house, livery, blacksmith shop, shooting gallery and telegraph office plus the Saloon, says David Burke, one of the organizers.

After some earlier concerns,  “a preacher plus a dynamic trio of local singers” is confirmed for the frontier church service Sunday.

A parade is planned for 8:15 a.m. Saturday, followed by the official opening at noon.

The volunteer-run event is a sub-committee of the Wollaston Recreation Committee. A donation from proceeds will go to the Coe Hill community care and Hospice North Hastings.

Here’s what’s planned:

  • Petting Zoo domestic & exotic Both days
  • Pony rides – Both days
  • Trick riding demonstrations –  Both days
  • Bank Robbery (Re-enactment) – Noon both days
  • Jail break (Re-enactment) – 3 p.m. both days
  • Horse Games – Sat. 10 am. to 5 p.m.
  • Wagon Rides (Tentative ) Sunday
  • Cowboy Church –  Sunday 10:30 a.m.
  • Shooting Gallery (air guns) – Both days
  • Fast Draw Competition – Both days
  • Panning for Gold – Both days
  • Childrens Games – Both Days
  • Chuck Wagon dinner  – Sat. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Dance (live band Faron Brown) – Sat. 8:30 p.m. to midnight
  • Pancake Breakfast – Sun. 8 a.m.
  • All day Sunday trail ride – leaves 9 a.m.
  • Special event Jack Pot Barrel Race winner takes all purse is $600.
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Admission is $10 per person per day, with children five and younger admitted free. Weekend pass costs $18 per person.

For information about volunteering, entering horse competitions, renting exhibitor space or camping spots, call 613-337-8893 or 1-800-721-3109.

Or click here for information on www.coehillwildwestweekend.ca

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