American culture lost due to the lack of funding
Four actors portray Buffalo Soldiers, the black fighters of the Civil War and Indian Wars, at the Festival of the American West. / Photo by Kevin King
The historical Festival of the American West pageant, "TheWest: America's Odyssey" performs its final season. The pageant is closing due to cost overruns. Stage structures and lighting equipment for the production are reasons cited for the pageants 30th performance to be its finale.
A new venue, to begin the eight days of activities at the Festival of the American West this year is the Celebrity Golf Shootout. The inaugural fund-raising scramble was hosted by Merlin Olsen, former Los Angeles ram and Utah Jazz commentator Hot Rod Hundley.
The Festival of the American West is to re-create the past in order to educate people about the past and give them a greater understanding and appreciations for western heritage.
One example is English Lace Making or Bobbin lace. Lace making is an old world art that dates back to the fourth and seventh centuries. It reached its peak in the16th century under the reign of Queen Victoria, hence the name "Victorian Lace". During the 16th century lace was worn by people of nobility commoners were forbidden to wear it.
Other examples of the festival are the Native American Village and the military encampment.
These photos show a recreation of Native American tee pees used during the 1820s and 1830s. In addition to the Native American village is a military encampment. This encampment is the Union Army tenth cavalry, company H, more commonly know as the "Buffalo Soldiers".
The Festival of the American West runs now through August 4 at the American West Heritage Center, located at 4025 South Hwy. 89-91, six miles south of Logan. For ticket information and event schedules call 800-225-Fest or go on-line @ www.americanwestcenter.org.