Step into the Wild West at Winchester Frontier Days

WINCHESTER – The second annual Winchester Frontier Days returns to The Homestead Farm at Fruit Orchard on Saturday.

Jon Bridgan and John Flood, cofounders of Winchester Frontier Days,  wanted to bring awareness to the community about the Wild West. “After all” Bridgan said, “The spirit of the West got its start right here.”

“In 2016 we started the Winchester Frontier Days event because a 101 years ago, on October 4, 1916, Buffalo Bill was here in Winchester,” Bridgan said. Last year a small commemoration ceremony was held on the  spot Buffalo Bill would have performed along with the 101 Ranch just months before his death.

This year’s event will commemorate John Wilson Vermillion, better know as “Texas Jack.” Vermillion was born in Russell County, Virginia, and was part of the Third Battle of Winchester, explained Bridgan.

Vermillion gained his nickname after he killed a card cheat in Dodge City, Kansas.

“People don’t realize that the gateway to the Wild West originally started on the East Coast,” Bridgan said. “Right here.”

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland will be on site dressed up in a period sheriff’s outfit to portray the  town sheriff.  Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh will be the “bad guy.” Other attractions will include restored stagecoaches and wagons, cowboy action shooting, and quick draw demonstrations by Ron Mason. David Lauterborn, managing editor of Wild West Magazine, will share historical info about the Wild West.

Food and beverages will be available by Fizzles BBQ and there will be live music by Allen Boyd and band. Sponsors include Big Legends and Focus on the Valley Photography.

Admission is free. Souvenir books will be available for purchase.

“We really want to attract a little bit of everyone,” Bridgan said. “Especially kids. It’s an experience they will always remember.”

Bridgan already has big plans in the works next year event. “We’re going to bring rodeo back to the Winchester area,” he said.

If You Go

The event will be held  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Homestead Farm at Fruit Orchard, 2502 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester.