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Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days
Enjoy daily shows, live entertainment and children’s games at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s annual Wild West Show September 22 and 23. This popular annual event offers visitors a variety of hand-on experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west. The Wild West Show will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, September 22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 23 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd. Regular daily admission applies; $6 for adults, $4 for kids age 5-11 and kids age 4 and under get in free. As a kick off for October Harvest for Harvesters, visitors who bring in two canned food items for each admission will receive a $1/off admission. Food will be available for purchase. On Saturday, September 22, enjoy the annual Santa Fe Trail Rotary Omelet Fest from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center. For $5, visitors can enjoy a freshly made omelet breakfast, coffee, and pastries. Please remember to park at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie and a free shuttle will bring you to Mahaffie. On Saturday, the shuttle begins at 9am to accommodate the omelet fest and on Sunday the shuttle begins at 10:30am. Each day, the last shuttle will leave the Heritage Center at 4:25pm.
Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. On-going entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies and re-enactments.
New performances this year include Wicked Liars, this dynamic duo performs magic and fire eating, (see photo above) and Cowboy Baseball on Saturday. Wicked Liars will be performing throughout the weekend. Cowboy Baseball will take place at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday in the arena. Cowboy Baseball will use 1860s baseball rules and players of each team will be the Cowboy reenactors and members of the 1860s baseball teams that played in June. Returning performers are the popular Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, the Santa Fe Desperadoes, Chris Camp the Whip Guy http://www.youtube.com/user/christophercamp and a world champion gun spinner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZVy26DlwgU .
Don't Forget, Mutton Busting on Sunday Only!
Mutton busting (competitive sheep riding) will be available for children weighing less than 50 pounds will be held Sunday. Registration at the arena the morning of the event is required. The Youth Rodeo will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Mutton Busting following.
The weekend event will also feature many activities for children including a petting zoo, shooting gallery, gold panning, live entertainment and more! A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday only, with limited samples and voting opportunities. Some games and activities have an additional fee. Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie will be available at nearby Olathe North High School, 600 E Prairie, Olathe, KS. Handicapped accessible parking will be available at the Heritage Center.
UHCA Competition Saturday and Sunday Morning
The Ultimate Horsemen's Challenge Association is to provide a forum to unite all breeds, disciplines, and skill levels in a competitive obstacle course setting that emphasizes and rewards good horsemanship while encouraging sportsmanship, camaraderie, and above all, fun and enjoyment with horses. Please enjoy the riders as they guide their horses through the obstacle course as their horses have not seen the obstacle course prior to the challenge. Please refer to the detailed schedule for divisions. This is the second year Mahaffie has partnered with the UHCA. This is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the riders going through the course and observe the true relationship between a horse and a horse rider.
Hands On Activities for Kids of All Ages
Your admission to the Wild West Show includes: stagecoach rides, roping, petting zoo, all stagecoach line performances, all Town Scene performances, visiting the Cowboy Camps, Laundry, Military Laundress Demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie house and Heritage Center, 19th Century Games, Cowboy Baseball on Saturday, Youth Rodeo and Mutton Busting on Sunday, the UHCA Competition, and the Chuckwagon Cook Off on Saturday. Please keep in mind activity tickets can be purchased at the Children's Mercantile for Gold Panning, the air gun shooting gallery for ages 8 and up, branding, leather stamping and making an 's' hook in the blacksmith shop. Pony rides, mechanical bull rides, the gandy dancer, the portrait artist, and the 19th century wet plate photographer are all separate contractors, which activity tickets are not valid. Please see your handout when you arrive at the Heritage Center for reminders of all of our activities.
For more information and a child's admission coupon, go to www.mahaffie.org, or call (913) 971-5111.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Olathe 150 Committee, Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club, Olathe Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau, Olathe Sister Cities Association, Olathe Ford, Wells Fargo, Trails West Ace Hardware in Gardner, Olathe Noon Optimists, Mr Goodcents on Ridegview, Bass Pro Shops in Olathe and Olathe Junior Service League.
For more information about the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, visit www.mahaffie.org
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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site