2nd annual 'Old West Day' coming to Blountville next weekend

J. H. Osborne • Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 12:54 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The old west is set to come alive in the middle of the Blountville Historic District next weekend, as the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism hosts the 2nd annual “Old West Day,” on Saturday, June 18.

The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a variety of live entertainment along The Great Stage Road.

That’s Highway 126 through the heart of the historic district, as it passes the Sullivan County Courthouse, the Old Deery Inn, the Cannonball House and other historic sites.

Come Saturday, the Old Deery Inn will have a new, albeit temporary, neighbor: as “Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and some friends move in to finish off the bad guys during a recreation of the Shoutout at the O.K. Corral” nearby, according to promotional material for the event.

Organizers said popularity of last year’s “Old West Day” prompted its return this year.

Events will take place on the half-hour throughout the day on Saturday.

According to promotional material, some of those activities will include:

• See an authentic recreation of the Old West, a unique American experience in the 1870s and 1880s, including Wild Bill Hickok and his exploits, along with the Earps and Clantons.

• Visit Sallie's Saloon.

• Hear some old-fashioned Western music.

• Food vendors will be on location selling barbeque, nachos, cheese fries, funnel cakes and more.

• The Old Deery Inn will be open for tours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Old West actors and actresses will be portrayed by "The Immortals," a unique group of reenactors headed up by Kent Arnold of Church Hill. Arnold and "The Immortals" have been portraying Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and others for over a decade at similar events across East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

For further information, please call (423) 323-4660. For additional upcoming events, please visit historicsullivan.com.

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