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Cowboys, Indians mosey into Dillard
Tallulah Gorge celebration kicks off with Western bang and theme
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Legends of the Wild West will spur their way into Dillard to kick off the Tallulah Gorge Skywalk Celebration this week.

The Western-themed activities are part of the Rabun County city’s Ride The Wire festival, which starts June 20. The day will be filled with activities for the family, including music, historical re-enactments and authentic Western cuisine. It will provide festivalgoers with a true sense of what life was like in this bygone era of cattle drives and dusty boomtowns.

Ride the Wire will be at Dillard City Hall, an outdoor space adjacent to The Dillard House, at 768 Franklin St., in Dillard. Festivities will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Guests may expect the following sessions:

  • “Go Native” (11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.): Little Big Mountain and his troupe of American Indian dancers will perform, recreating their ancestors’ way of life with a historical encampment and tent, authentic garb and artifacts passed down through four generations.
  • “Shadow of the Past” (11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.): A 15-person cast will reenact the shootout at the O.K. Corral, a storied gun battle recognized as a centerpiece of Western history.
  • “Cowboy Poets and Balladeers” (10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.): Musicians Jim Dorsett, Jerry Warren, Tom Curlin and The Peach Pickers will enchant the audience with their traditional ballads and poems about ranching life in the West. 
  • “Buffalo Bill” (12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.): A husband-and-wife duo will wow the audience with Western gun and whip tricks and rope twirling.
  • Live music: Sandy Creek Band (5 p.m.): The day will conclude with a concert from the Sandy Creek Band, a talented Western swing band hailing from Lincoln, Neb.

During the day, groups will compete in a chuck wagon cook-off, churning out traditional Western fare in covered wagons. Food offerings will include cube steak with sides such as pinto beans, potatoes, homemade biscuits and fruit cobbler. Guests are invited to purchase lunch from one of the chuck wagons.

Tickets to Ride the Wire cost $15 and can be purchased by visiting www.explorerabun.com and clicking on the Tallulah Gorge Skywalk Celebration logo. To purchase tickets locally, visit Timpson Creek Gallery, Sky Valley Welcome Center, The Rabun County Chamber of Commerce, Dillard House Stables, The Feed Store or ABC Liquor Store.

For more information on Ride the Wire or to book accommodations, call The Dillard House at 800-541-0671 or visit www.dillardhouse.com

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