Gunslingers give back to community while keeping Texas heritage alive

Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 10:43 PM CDT
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IOWA PARK, Texas (KAUZ) - If you are a fan of westerns, listen up, because one group is taking Texoma 137 years back in time.

The North Texas Gunslingers are a Wild West reenactment group based out of Iowa Park. Their goal is to give back to the community by keeping Texas history alive.

“Man, it’s all about the kids,” Roscoe Bryant, with the North Texas Gunslingers, said. “We’re having fun. We’re trying to raise some money so we can take care of these kids Christmas time. You know, there’s a lot of kids right here in our area that gets nothing and those are the ones that we want to make sure get something.”

The North Texas Gunslingers was created to bring the old west to life while being able to give back to the community.

“We also do shows out here and every show we do out here, the proceeds go towards what we’re trying to do for Christmas,” Bryant said.

These gunslingers put on reenactments as well as more entertaining shows for kids, but try to instill that Texas heritage in every show by using characters based on real people.

“It’s very important,” Bryant said. “I think it’s something that gets lost along the way, kind of slips through the cracks. Maybe even in the schools, we kind of gotten away from it. We try our best to be authentic the best we can.”

These cowboys and cowgirls are now working hard to get ready for this upcoming season of shows.

“We’re having a show on the 18th at 7:30 and it’s $5 donations to get in, 6 and under are free,” Kim Freeman, actress for the North Texas Gunslingers, said. ”All the donations we put towards our group and put towards the children we purchase things for on Christmas.”

Last year, the group was able to help multiple kids find something for Christmas, but they would like to do more.

“For us, it’s never enough,” Bryant said. “I mean, if we help multiple kids last year, we need to help 100 next year, and so on. There can’t be enough.”

For more information, head over to the North Texas Gunslingers Facebook page.