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This year’s event includes a juried art show, exhibitions by women artists of the west


May 19, 2010 (El Cajon) – Yee ha! Time to round up the family for one of East County’s favorite festivals, Western Heritage Days. Sponsored by the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians, this free festival celebrates our region’s wild-west heritage with western reenactments, Native American dancers, live western music, cowboy poets, blacksmiths, storytellers, mountain men, buffalo soldiers, and a juried art show featuring women artists of the west.


Other attractions include a chlidren’s pavilion, pony rides, refreshments at Olaf’s Cantina, chuckwagon-style grub, vendors and craftsmakers, and live musical performances by Sourdough Slim, Journey West, and Tom Hiatt. The two-day event will take place in downtown El Cajon on Rea Street and areas adjacent to the Olaf Wieghorst Museum, 131 Rea Street (1 block east of Magnolia).



On Saturday, June 5th, a quick-draw artists’ exhibition will be held from 9-10 a.m. , with the quick-draw works sold in a silent auction from 1-5 p.m. Artists demonstrations by Patricia Rose Ford and Eileen Gienger-Stanfield will also be provided at the museum and grounds. A juried art show will open June 4 and run through June 30 at the museum.


Olaf Wieghorst was one of our nation’s most famed western artists, known for his magnificent portrayals of the nineteenth century American West including cowboys, the Native American Indians, and the settlers who helped shape this country's Western landscape.


During his career, Wieghorst sketched and painted hundreds of pieces of work, 92 of which were issued as limited edition prints. His work hangs in a number of museums including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Whitney Gallery of Western art in Cody, Wyoming. Private Owners include local residents, Hollywood celebrities, arts patrons, industrialists, investors, and four United States Presidents. The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center in El Cajon, California, honors the accomplished artist who lived in our community for more than 40 years


For more information on Western Heritage Days, visit .

For more information on Women Artists of the West, visit



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