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Jesse James and Folklore Of The Old West Festival

JESSE JAMES and FOLKLORE OF THE OLD WEST is the name of the special event provided around the re-enactment of the folk story about the Jessie James Gang's robbery of the Bank of Columbia and the murder of R.A.C. Martin.

To read the folk story about the James Gang and the Bank of Columbia robbery and murder from the original Bicentennial event in 2003, click here:James Gang folklore about Columbia

For a family's story of a stop the Gang made on their journey through Adair County, click here: James Gang stopped in Adair

2005 SCHEDULE followed by current PHOTOS

Hold your family calendar open for the weekend of June 18th when Adair County holds it annual festival with the re-enactment of the James-Younger Bank of Columbia Robbery. The fun begins Friday, June 17th at 5 p.m. with something for every age group. Chow Time, Bar-B-Que and Chow on the Square for everyone; Train Rides, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo for little ones; Fiddlin & Banjo Pickin and musicians will want to register for the Contest for $1,500 in prize money to be given away on Saturday night.

Early Saturday and into the nightBluegrass gospel music and singing is scheduled to be performed by the following: Living Waters Bluegrass Gospel Band,Only by Grace Bluegrass Gospel Band, Patty G Country Singer, Southern Express Bluegrass Band



The festival weekend comes to a close with a Sunday evening time to give thanks together in an old fashioned church service held outdoors. The service is scheduled for 7 pm on the steps of the Columbia Baptist Church just off the square on Greensburg Street.

JESSE JAMES & FOLKLORE OF THE OLD WEST
2005 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY JUNE 17th, 2005


5:00pm - Chow Time, Bar-B-Que and Chow on the Square
5:00pm - Train Rides
5:00pm - Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
5:30pm-7:00pm Registration for Fiddlin & Banjo Pickin Contest
6:00pm-7:00pm Fiddle Tales with Tom Cuningham
7:00pm- The Casey Jones Fiddlin & Pickin Contest $1,500 PRIZE MONEY

SATURDAY JUNE 18th, 2005

9:00am- Train Rides
9:00am- Pony Rides
9:00am-4:00pm Arts, Crafts, & Market
9:00am-3:00pm Quilt Show & Demonstrations at building corner of Burkesville St.
10:00am- Chow Time, Bar-B-Que and Chow on the Square
10:00am-12:00pm Baby Contest (Ages 0-6)
10:00am-2:00pn Knife Swap at the Courthouse
12:00pm-1:00pm Magic show on stage with Scott Sullivan
1:00pm-1:30pm Stick Horse Stampede (Ages 4-6)
1:00pm-1:30pm Milk Drinking Contest (Ages 18 & over)
1:30pm-1:45pm Cookie Stacking (Ages 7-9)
1:45pm-2:00pm Ice Cream Eating Contest (Ages 7-9 & Ages 10-12)
2:00pm-3:00pm Best Little Buckaroo in Town Contest (Ages 2-10)
3:00pm-3:15pm Re-enactment of James-Younger Bank of Columbia Robberyby the Green River Cowboys & Guntown Mountain
3:15pm-3:30pm Country Stampede Dancers
3:30pm-4:30pm Wild West Show by the Green River Cowboys
4:00pm- Adair County 4-H SPURS Fun Horse Show (Adair Co.Fairgrounds)
4:00pm-5:00pm Living Waters Bluegrass Gospel Band
5:00pm-6:00pm Only by Grace Bluegrass Gospel Band
6:00pm-6:30pm Patty G Country Singer
6:30pm- Southern Express Bluegrass Band

SUNDAY JUNE 19th, 2005

7:00pm Old Fashioned Church Service on the steps of Columbia Baptist Church

For more information contact

Columbia-Adair Co. Chamber of Commerce 270-384-6020

Charles Grimsley 270-384-5658


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Folklore of the Old West Festival coming up June 17, 18, 19



2005-06-07 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. FOLKLORE OF THE OLD WEST FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN CHARLES GRIMSLEY, above right, is focused on pulling everything together for the annual festival scheduled for Friday evening, all day Saturday and concluding on Sunday, June 17, 18 and 19 in Columbia. In the photo at left, the James Gang is robbing the Bank of Columbia. It's not really the James Gang and it's not really a robbery, but it's a lot of fun to imagine what things might have been like in 1872 when folklore has it that the James Gang really did rob the Bank of Columbia on the square. Cowboys from Guntown Mountain's players will perform. Click 'read more' for details including the festival schedule of events for each day.
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Folklore of the Old West Festival is this weekend



2005-06-14 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. THE PUBLIC SQUARE IN COLUMBIA will be the scene of a bank robbery this weekend. The Folklore of the Old West Festival includes the re-enactment of the James Gang robbery of the Bank of Columbia and many other activities for the whole family. Click 'read more' for the festival schedule of events.
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Smith family at the Folklore of the Old West festival



2005-06-18 - Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. THE SMITH FAMILY, Marvin and Beverly holding one-year-old Taylor, and Trevor, age 4, in the petting zoo, attended the Friday evening activities of the festival. The goats, donkey, chickens and baby pigs were a big hit with little ones in attendance.
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Festival petting zoo fun for Buchner twins



2005-06-18 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. EMILY and BRADLEY BUCHNER, four-year-old children of Mary and David Buchner of Ashville, North Carolina, had a great time in the petting zoo at the Festival. The twins are the grandchildren of Emily Cain Edwards Sargent, and the grand neice and nephew of Mary Frances May. Emily says they are thoroughly enjoying their vacation in Columbia.
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Columbia finally gets train service



2005-06-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. In the Twentieth Century, local leaders thought train service would make Columbia happen. It was here, Saturday, June 18, 21st Century, in the form of one of the biggest hits at the Folklore of the Old West Festival. Here the train has gone just past Mitzi's and is in front of the Janice Holt Giles Library, on Greensburg Street and is slowing to turn on Jones Street. It is in front of Quality Temporary Service. To the left is the George Keltner residence, and just beyond that the home of Jerald Copenhaver.
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At the robbery re-enactment scene



2005-06-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. VISITING THE HORSES waiting to be ridden in the James Gang shootout at the festival were Jacob Dewayne Sneed and his younger brother Joseph Tyler Sneed. Jacob says they like horses and that their Pa Bobby Bennett has some.
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Even cowboys have to have a break



2005-06-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. EVEN COWBOYS HAVE TO TAKE A BREAK NOW AND THEN. Stan Lawson was preparing to die in his role as R.A.C. Martin, the Bank of Columbia employee who was shot in the robbery by the James Gang. Stan is owner of Guntown Mountain in Cave City. His acting troupe provided the re-enactment at the festival.
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Folklore of the Old West Festival



2005-06-20 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. WONDERFUL CHAOS RESULTED from crowds of people and horses and cars, trucks and trailers moving around the public square Saturday in preparation for the Folklore of the Old West Festival. Click 'read more' for the story and more photos at the end of the text.
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A few of the actors at the Folklore of the Old West festival



2005-06-20 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. ACTORS IN FRONT OF THE SHERIFFS OFFICE PROP at the festival include, back row from left: Junior Holmes, Dwight Rich, Barry Jones, Peggy and Stanley Lawson. In the front row are Harrison Rich and Dakota Grider. They were all members of the cast of characters who performed the re-enactment of the James Gang robbery of the Bank of Columbia. Click 'read more' for the story and more photos at the end of the text.
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Folklore of the Old West Festival action



2005-06-22 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. CROWDS WATCHED THE ACTION OF THE JAMES GANG Bank of Columbia robbery re-enactment Saturday on the Square. The weather was perfect, the horses were beautiful and the actors did a great job. Click 'read more' for the story, and more photos at the end of the text.
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Closing out the festival



2005-06-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. CLOSING OUT LAST WEEKEND'S FESTIVAL was the Old Fashioned Church Service on the steps of Columbia Baptist Church. Before the crowd settled over a hundred and twenty-five people had come to hear the wonderful singing and a message of unity by the Rev. Joseph Payne. (Click 'read more' for festival story and photos at the end of the text).
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Outdoor church service



2005-06-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. AN OUTDOOR SUNDAY EVENING come-as-you-are church service made the perfect setting for the message centered around unity of all people, all colors, all classes, coming together in God's work. Greensburg Street was roped off from the square to the funeral home, the crowd sat facing the church steps with their backs to the jail and courthouse annex. There in the setting sun were men and women, big and small, with skin shades of brown, tan, pink and ivory, clothed in colors of summer flowers, with hair colors of blond, brunette, red, black and white . . . all worshiping side by side.
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Festival concludes on a note of joy



2005-06-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. ONE COULD ONLY FEEL JOY AT THE OLD FASHIONED OUTDOOR CHURCH SERVICE which concluded the 2005 Folklore Festival. These singers had the crowd rocking along, tapping their toes and raising their hands in agreement. The setting and the message allowed for the focus to be simply on whats between the heart and our Creator. Musicians were Rev. Joseph Payne, speaker; Rev. Joe Richardson on lead guitar; Rev. Leon Lasley on the keyboard, and J. T. Payne on the drums. The lead singer was Rev. Marvin Washington. Singers from left to right, front row, are Susie White, Geraldine Miller, Meagan Lasley and Joyce Bradshaw; in back are, from left: Ricardo Hughes, Yolanda Bradshaw, Della Hughes and Sharon Payne. (I asked Rev. Payne after one of her solos if Sharon was Mahalia Jackson, 'the Queen of Gospel Music', and he told me proudly that she was his sister who sings regularly at the Eunice Church of God).
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