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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Reenactors give festival two guns up

  • Old West and Victorian reenactors raised a ruckus at Saturday’s Shawnee Trail Days Festival.
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  • Old West and Victorian reenactors raised a ruckus at Saturday’s Shawnee Trail Days Festival.
    The Guthrie Gunfighters performed staged gun shows for onlookers of all ages. Gunfighters Kent Smith and Randy Chappell marked the inaugural event as a success.
    “There have been people here every show and they know we’re here,” Smith said. “It just takes a while to build up and get the word out, so, next year, you should have even more people.”
    Chappell said the group shoots every weekend, mid-April through mid-October, at large and small events.
    “Sometimes, we triple the size of the town when we show up,” he joked.
    Increasing Shawnee’s population, however, was not a concern. Crowds gathered every hour, at the half hour, near a large outdoor space behind the Santa Fe Depot Museum.
    “We’re this far out for a reason,” Smith explained about the show’s location. “We’re shooting real guns and we shoot blanks, but for safety reasons, we like to have a very controlled area.”
    Smith said festival attendees could have watched the entire day of gunfights and would have never seen the same show twice.
    “And our shows last three to eight minutes, depending on the show,” he detailed.
    Chappell said the group was glad to participate in the cultural event.
    “We’re tickled to death to be part of anyone’s celebration,” he said. “This has been a good run.”

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