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Award-Winning “Showdown at Sunset” to begin June 28th in Downtown El Dorado

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Do you like a good old fashioned gun fight reminiscent of the old west? Get ready for Main Street El Dorado’s award-winning Showdown at Sunset for three performances this summer. The productions will take place, June 28 July26 and August 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Union County Courthouse in the center of historic Union Square (101 N. Washington Street) in Downtown El Dorado AR. This award-winning event was named one of the Top-100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association and received the Community Trademark Award by the Arkansas Festival & Event Association.

In 1902 in broad daylight on the courthouse square, city Marshal Guy Tucker confronted his bitter rivals, the Parnell Brothers. In one swift moment, a flurry of gunfire left three men dead and several others wounded. Witness the historic re-enactment of the infamous Parnell-Tucker gunfight three Saturdays in downtown El Dorado. The re-enactment supports a cast of area actors and chronicles the events that led up to this historic event.

Characters include: City Marshal Guy Tucker, grandfather to former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker; store owner Tom Parnell; brother Matt Parnell; photographer Bob Mullens; Sheriff Norris and others. This historic portrayal of life in El Dorado in the early 1900s includes live music prior to the re-enactment. Musical entertainment begins at 6 pm with the re-enactment starting at 6:30 p.m. This season’s cast includes Rob Bosanko, Jimmy Bennett, Jessie Nash, Steve Splawn, David Joyner, Bill Meyer and Keith Owens.

Live music and entertainment will begin at 6p.m. with appearances by Woody & Jessie from Toy Story leading up the Showdown at Sunset performance at 6:30. Covered Wagon rides will be available throughout the day as well.

Showdown at Sunset is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Group seating is available.

For more information go to MainStreetElDorado.org.

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