Photos by Linda Kor
Doug Champlin took part in last weekend’s Ace In The Hole BBQ competition and makes his barbecue the old fashioned way, in a 1954 DeSoto. The owner of DJ’s Smokin’ BBQ acquired the vehicle from his father-in-law and rather than restore it to its original condition, made a few modifications and turned it into a barbecue smoker with class.
These “Betti’s” in the company of an Elvis lookalike took part in the Gunslinger Car Show Betti Contest, with each of the ladies receiving a gift for participating.
Wild West Days wouldn’t be complete without cowboys and sheriffs. Tildyn Larson (left) and his cousin Hayden Eisele enjoy the weekend fun. Tildyn’s mom, Chamber of Commerce President Yvonne Larson, headed up the hard working crew of volunteers that made this event a success.
The annual Gunslinger Car Show brought in a record number of participants this year with more than 100 restored cars on display in Hunt Park during the festivities.
Nationally renowned ceramist Brad Bachmeier demonstrated his skills during Wild West Days, impressing a gathering of people who came to observe his work.
Sterling Smith of Loot N’ Booty BBQ created some delicious barbecue that brought first place in brisket, second place winnings in the overall competition as well as in chicken and pork, and 14th in pork ribs.
Cultural dancers were another main attraction during last weekend’s events, including Native American dancers demonstrating traditional dance and costume, and performances by Las Joyas Del Desierto Folklorico Mexican dancers.
Navajo County’s Miss Outstanding Teen Haylee Farr performed for visitors during Wild West Days along with other Navajo County Royalty.
These beautifully handcrafted quilts were on display as part of the Dusty Desert Quilt Guild’s exhibit at Wild West Days.