Capital City Gunslingers are back

Published: Jul. 4, 2020 at 4:34 PM CDT
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Many residents are getting back in the swing of outdoor activities and summer fun—the Cheyenne Gunslingers on how they are keeping the 40-year-old western tradition alive.

When you're out at the Depot in the summer, you may hear what you think is live rounds. While that may be somewhat true, it's not your ordinary gunfight. This year the Cheyenne Gunslingers every day show is reduced to a couple times a week.

"We've done this over 40 years now, and even a shorter season is better than no season at all."

Typically the Gunslingers perform at Frontier Park ahead of the big fireworks show. In front of much more massive crowds.

"We know that tourism might be lower than normal this year with no Frontier Days, but we wanted to have some sense of normalcy."

As the long-standing tradition lives on in the Capital city, Joe Darling and his team of pistol totting, revolver spinning cowboys said this experience is better than what money can buy. "My father was a member for many years, and a couple of years after he passed away, I was convinced to join the gunslingers by a guy named Marv Wolfe. This year is my first gunfight as Chief Marshall, and this means the world to me."

Although people aren't traveling a lot, but the western shootout continues despite the pandemic. Instead of putting on a show every day, their new schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Friday nights at 6 P.M. and Saturdays at noon.

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