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Wild West Festival 2012 schedule

6/27/2012

Activities at the WWF this year include:

Activities at the WWF this year include:

Wednesday, July 4

* There will be a picnic of hot dogs, chips and drink, with a free will donation, 6:30 p.m. at Historic Fort Hays. The picnic will be followed by a summer band concert starting at 7 p.m. The fireworks show will follow at 10 p.m.

* The Heart of America Carnival will have family night, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

* The first 200 kids under 15 can swim free at the Hays Aquatic Park, from noon to 7 p.m.

* Giants: African Dinosaurs exhibit, paid admission at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Interact with live snakes, free admission in the Discovery Room at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aquatic fitness mixer, free introduction to aquatic fitness classes, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hays Aquatic Park.

* Historical re-enactor Dave Wood portrays Wild Bill Hickock. He will be in the saloon to portray the legendary lawman starting at 10 a.m. at Ellis County Historical Society Museum. Wood also will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Historical re-enactor Jaime Schlesinger will portray Elizabeth Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer, at 4 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Will Johnson will have a presentation, "Buffalo guns and Buffalo lands," at 2 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th. Buffalo guns will be displayed.

Thursday, July 5

* The Heart of America Carnival, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

* Giants: African Dinosaurs exhibit, paid admission at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Interact with live snakes, free admission in the Discovery Room at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

* State of the Art, a Kansas Showcase courtesy of the Southwind Gallery, Topeka. Free admission at Hays Arts Council, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Festival grounds open at 5 p.m.

Rock band Hairball performs at 9 p.m. Special guest Retro Active "70s & 80s" performs at 7 p.m.

* Historical re-enactor Dave Wood portrays Wild Bill Hickock. He will be in the saloon to portray the legendary lawman starting at 10 a.m. at Ellis County Historical Society Museum. Wood also will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Historical re-enactor Jaime Schlesinger will portray Elizabeth Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer, at 4 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Will Johnson will have a presentation, "Buffalo guns and Buffalo lands," at 2 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th. Buffalo guns will be displayed.

Friday, July 6

* The Heart of America Carnival, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

* State of the Art, a Kansas Showcase courtesy of the Southwind Gallery, Topeka. Free admission at Hays Arts Council, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Festival grounds open at 5 p.m.

* Giants: An evening at the museum: From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., for kids age 5 and older. Snack provided, pick up by 11:30 p.m. Limit 30, with $15 admission (Sternberg members 25 percent off).

* Historical re-enactor Dave Wood portrays Wild Bill Hickock. He will be in the saloon to portray the legendary lawman starting at 10 a.m. at Ellis County Historical Society Museum. Wood also will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Historical re-enactor Jaime Schlesinger will portray Elizabeth Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer, at 4 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Will Johnson will have a presentation, "Buffalo guns and Buffalo lands," at 2 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th. Buffalo guns will be displayed.

Performing at 6:30 p.m. will be Dirt, followed at 8 p.m. by Reckless Rebellion, at 9:30 p.m. by Diamond Rio.

Saturday, July 7

* The Heart of America Carnival, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

* State of the Art, a Kansas Showcase courtesy of the Southwind Gallery, Topeka. Free admission at Hays Arts Council, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival grounds open at 5 p.m.

* Wild West Fest 5K run/walk, 8 a.m., meet west of Hays Aquatic Park.

* Center for Health Improvement Wild West Family Workout, 8:30 a.m., Larks Park entrance.

Wild Things: An evening at the museum: For kids age 5 and older, snack provided, pick up by 11:30 p.m. Limit 30, with $15 admission (Sternberg members 25 percent off).

* Historical re-enactor Dave Wood portrays Wild Bill Hickock. He will be in the saloon to portray the legendary lawman starting at 10 a.m. at Ellis County Historical Society Museum. Wood also will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Historical re-enactor Jaime Schlesinger will portray Elizabeth Custer, wife George Armstrong Custer, at 4 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th.

* Will Johnson will have a presentation, "Buffalo guns and Buffalo lands," at 2 p.m. at the adjacent Stone Church located by the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. 7th. Buffalo guns will be displayed.

* At 10 a.m., there will be a parade down Main Street.

* Wild Things: An evening at the museum: From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., for kids age 5 and older. Snack provided, pick up by 11:30 p.m. Limit 30, with $15 admission (Sternberg members 25 percent off).

* Country artist Easton Corbin will perform at 9:30 p.m. Trip Fire will perform at 6 p.m., followed by Glen Templeton at 7:30 p.m.