Archer City brings Heritage Days to downtown

ARCHER CITY, TX (KAUZ) - This weekend is the first ever heritage days in Archer City and organizers said they want this to be one of a kind.

Cowboys, ranchers, and lovers of all things western are kicking up their boots in downtown Archer City.

Rusty Spikes, a committee member for Heritage Days said the festival is going to bring back the lost heritage to the small town.

"Going back to the past where most people came to the square and they got together and visited together and things like that they just wanted a continuation of that," said Spikes.

Vendors, food, and even a mechanical bull, all make up the Heritage Days.

One thing however that will not be making its way to heritage days is a cattle drive that was set to come through the town.

While that part is now missing, Scott Weede, a member of the committee and owner of Dusty Cowboy said that did not stop them from planning the festival.

"We didn't plan it around the cattle drive," said Weede.  "We used the cattle drive as part of a leg on it.  When they pulled out it was a little stumble but it wasn't a big fall on us."

"After we contacted the sponsors and told them what was going on they said go ahead and do what you can do we're behind you," said Spikes.  "That made us the confidence to move forward."

One focus organizers wanted to keep was to make this event cost efficient to the public. Something they said was made possible with the help of the community.

"Our sponsors they stepped up to the plate," said Weede.  "Within the 90 days when we started really pushing for this deal of free, we had a lot of sponsors that really stepped up to help us provide that."

Grace Minter hopes this event will show people the city she has grown to love.

"People just realize, you know, it's a great atmosphere and the people of Archer County are like no other," said Minter.

Weede said people are coming from as far away at Fort Worth to take part in the western heritage.

The event will run today until 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with a parade at 10:00 a.m., and Sunday there will be a church service at 9:00 a.m. and events will continue after.

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