Mesa Old West Days haven’t gone extinct, they’ve adapted. The annual affair is now called Mesa Old West Fest, and it’s set for Dec. 7.
“We’ve taken an extremely successful event and given it a spit-shine,” says Erica Snyder, events manager for Downtown Mesa Association, in a release.
Passionate local Old West enthusiasts George Notarpole and Mike Pierson started Mesa’s nod to the Wild West in the hopes of making it a huge event for the city. Six years later and still going strong, they’ve now partnered with Downtown Mesa Association and community sponsor Chester’s Harley-Davidson to expand the event’s appeal beyond history buffs.
Arizona country bands Desert Dixie, Sour Diesel Trainwreck, Trailer Queen, Jimmy Pines and Washboard Jere, and Chris and Dave will provide live entertainment.
Historic touches like gunfight re-enactments by the Mohave Muleskinners, live blacksmithing demos, and a working stagecoach will keep the Western spirit alive.
Santa Claus will even be there for the lighting of the Downtown Mesa Holiday Tree at 4:30 p.m.
“We’d like to invite the whole community to come and experience the ‘old Mesa’ while still enjoying the luxuries of modern day festivals — like kettle corn,” says Snyder.