Wild West Festival in Old Town McAlester
2700 N Main St
Come celebrate the Wild West and the birth of the historic town of McAlester, Oklahoma. This annual celebration takes place at the original crossroads that gave birth to McAlester back in 1840. McAlester was established by the great entrepreneur JJ McAlester, who established several mercantile stores during the time that McAlester was still a "tent town." Both McAlester's original home and his mercantile buildings are still in use and will be available for tour during the festival.
Movie lovers might recognize the setting that was featured in the 1969 movie True Grit, starring John Wayne and most recently remade by the Coen Brothers. That ornery Rooster Cogburn traveled into Indian Territory - towards "McAlester's store," while tracking that villain Tom Cheney. Today, visitors can experience the authentic Wild West atmosphere, stock up on supplies, and create unique memories that can only be had at the original crossroads.
The Wild West Festival always includes fun events and performances. Saturday begins at 10am with the Wild Color Stampede, a 5K run where participants are covered in color along the route. Get set for gunslinger fights, chuckwagons, live bluegrass music, a pie contest, lumber jack shows, log-rolling programs, chainsaw art, Native American dancing, powwows, storytelling, arts and crafts, and a special appearance by "The Duke," who will be performing gun tricks. Kids will enjoy carnival food, face painting and jumping castles. This festival will also include live music, vendor booths and antique shopping. Don't miss this fabulous day in historic McAlester.