Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days September 27 and 28


Olathe, KS-Experience Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site's annual Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days on Saturday, September 27, from 10am-4pm and on Sunday, September 28, from 11am-4pm.

Just where do the words buckaroo, rodeo, and lariat come from? Discover the origins of the American Cowboy from Charro Jerry Diaz, a fourth generation skilled horseman, when he brings his equestrian skills, his family, and five magnificent horses to the Mahaffie Wild West Show for the first time! Jerry will perform in the arena each day at 2:15. Jerry performs at the American Royal among many other venues and is known across the country for his considerable talent. Visit his website at www.charrojerrydiaz.com to learn more Jerry, his family, and his horses. On Saturday, the celebrated Mariachi Habanero from Topeka will perform with Jerry Diaz and then remain on the grounds to serenade visitors.

Plan to spend the entire day with expanded entertainment all day long in the arena. The day begins with Mutton Busting at 11:00 for young children. The first 50 children weighing 50 pounds or less (for the safety of the sheep) may register each day as soon as the gates open. Typically held at county fairs, Mutton Busting is great fun to watch. Children stay on the back of a sheep as long as they can, as their trusty steed runs across the arena. The Prairie Moon 4-H Club once again will assist with the mutton-busting, and with other games for children later in the day. Parents or guardians must be present to register their children and sign a liability waiver for the Mutton Busting.

Returning favorite entertainers include Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, Chris Camp, aka "The Whip Guy" (Chris debuted at the Wild West Show last year, and he has appeared on both The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman), and the fire-eating exploits of the Amazing Zeno. On Sunday, Rose Marie's Fiesta Mexicana Youth Dancers perform at 1:00pm. Kick up your heels when the Tallgrass Express from Emporia, Kansas provides music - thanks to our sponsor, Olathe Ford - for our popular barn dance on Sunday at 1:30. No experience is necessary to join the fun! Tallgrass Express will offer a concert after the dance. Gunsmoke and Petticoats return with their Old West town to perform gunfights and skits each day, and the Santa Fe Desperadoes are with us as always. They just might decide to rob the stagecoach while visitors are on board... and this year, thanks to the sponsorship of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mahaffie stagecoaches will offer FREE rides all weekend.

The whole family will enjoy other activities celebrating the west in fact and fiction and discovering the heritage of western trails. Interact with 19th Century demonstrators, like Professor Phineus Fairhead, Phrenologist Extraordinarie, who can tell you about your good (and maybe not so good) traits just by the shape of your head! Meet buffalo hunters, cowboys, Buffalo Soldiers, mountain men, and other western characters in their camps - thanks to LaPetite Academy for helping us bring those camps back to the show this year. And, thanks to the Olathe 150th Committee, two chuckwagons will square off in a duel on Saturday to see which one can prepare the best cowboy fare for our judges - and visitors get to try samples: as least as long the samples last!

The littlest tumbleweeds will enjoy our rubber band gun shooting gallery, while older tumbleweeds can try their hand at the air gun gallery. Other activities include panning for REAL gold, pony rides, and the old time photo booth. Please note that additional fees are charged for some of these activities. A variety of food will be available on the grounds, and merchandise vendors will offer western-themed merchandise.

All festivities take place on the Mahaffie Historic Site and Heritage Center grounds at 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas. All public parking is at Olathe North High School, approximately ¼ mile west of the site on Kansas City Road, where a FREE shuttle will drop you off at the Heritage Center! Seniors and handicap parking only at the Heritage Center. Admission for the Wild West Show is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-11 (4 and under are free.) There is an additional fee for some activities, like panning for real gold.

On Saturday, September 27 from 8:00am-10:00am, the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club will present their 11th annual Omelet Fest. A $5 donation includes Saturday admission. A special thanks goes to all our to our ‘pardners', the Olathe Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau, Olathe Ford, Dos Mundos Newspaper, La Petite Academy, PepsiAmericas, The Olathe News, the Kansas City Star, Comcast, Mr. Goodcents and Pastas on Kansas City Road, Johnson's County Gazette, Tractor Supply Company of Olathe, and Comfort Suites of Olathe.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is operated by the City of Olathe. Open hours, stagecoach operations, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally. Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed all major holidays. Please call or visit our website for current times and dates, www.olatheks.org/Mahaffie/About, (913) 971-5111.