Wild weather tests Wild West show

Historic reenactors pride themselves in being able to live through the hardships of the times they represent. The brave reenactors Friday night as they prepared for the Wild West Roundup, today and Sunday at the Rice County Steam & Gas Engine Grounds grounds in Dundas.

They camped in canvas tents through a cold, miserably rainy night to be ready to greet visitors over campfire coffee early Saturday. By 8 a.m. riders were putting their horses through practice runs for the mounted gunfights, demonstrations and performances through the weekend. Participants traveled from all over for the event. Rick Gustafson and his horse Driftwood Red Hat, seen here, came down from Cloquet for the weekend.

There are some concessions to modern living. While most reenactors slept in tents, they are allowed to use waterproofing chemicals their ancestors didn’t have. And some of the riders have trailers where they camp in comfort. This is the second year for the event –- and the second year of horrible weather. Performers remain upbeat and are having a ball living out their childhood cowboy games.

You can grab your parka and join them Sunday for just $5 a person. You can find the complete event schedule and details on all the characters at the Wild West Roundup website. Click here to see more photos and here to read an earlier story on one of the main characters, Crazy Cora.