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Grand Opening John Wayne Birthplace Museum May 23-25, 2015


Musical headliner for the 2015 John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner country music legend MARTY STUART

The John Wayne Birthplace is thrilled to announce that our musical headliner for our John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner will be country music legend Marty Stuart. Marty is a life-long John Wayne fan and an early supporter of our museum and says he’s looking forward to helping us ”wave the flag” at this historic event.

Years from now when they’re talking about the great personalities in country music—Jimmie Rogers, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe—they’ll include Marty Stuart. He’ll be among those personalities because he’s never been afraid to follow his vision to stretch the boundaries of country music. When country strays too far from its heartbeat, he’s been there to snap it back.

Marty went solo after working with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash and dragged country music into the 1990s clinging to the tassels of Lefty Frizzell and hollering like James Brown. Along the way, he got a Golden Globe nomination for scoring Bily Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses, collected five Grammys, married beautiful country music legend Connie Smith, joined the Grand Ole Opry, brought together his Fabulous Superlatives—Kenny Vaughn, Harry Stinson and Paul Martin—unveiled the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV and took the last photograph of Johnny Cash.

He’s a songwriter, unsurpassed performer, outlaw, student, teacher, star-spangled instrumentalist, photographer, philosopher, historian, and ”Jumpin’ Jack Flash” master.

In addition to a sumptuous meal, you’ll enjoy the Auction of unique and one-of-a-kind John Wayne collectibles including artwork and film wardrobe.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event! Reserve your tickets for the Dinner NOW!

#8775, 2015 John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner & AuctionSaturday, May 23rd

$150.00  

Click the “Add To Cart” link above to buy here, or call toll-free (877) 462-1044


The Iowa Military Veterans Band (www.iowamilitaryveteransband.com)
will perform in concert before the ribbon ceremony.

JOHN WAYNE BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM RIBBON CUTTING

Scott Eyman
Saturday, May 23rd
12 o’clock Noon
Birthplace Museum Plaza

Scott Eyman, New York Times bestselling author of John Wayne, The Life and Legend will be the keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting to officially open the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum.


Book Signing: Mr. John Farkis will be signing copies of his soon-to-be-released book Not Thinkin’ … Just Rememberin’ … The Making of John Wayne’s THE ALAMO during the John Wayne Birthplace Museum’s Grand Opening.


Special Reduced-price Tours of the John Wayne Birthplace House and the New Museum

Due to the anticipated popularity of tours over the Museum Grand Opening weekend, you’ll need to get tickets for a specific time slot over the three days of the Celebration. Each ticket is a combination tour of both the Birthplace house and the new Museum. You will be able to visit both locations as you wish within your time slot. Tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Reserve your tickets below or by calling us toll-free at (877) 462-1044. Don’t wait—get the time you want early for best selection!

#8795-8910


RANCH RODEO
COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTERS

2015 Ranch Rodeo

The Ranch Rodeo will be returning to the Madison County Fairgrounds on Friday, May 22. Beginning at 6:30pm the arena activity will be followed by dancing at 9pm. Food and beverage service will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets for the Rodeo and Dance are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Preschool and younger are free. Advance tickets ($15 for adults and $8 for children) are available at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Cowboy Mounted Shooters

At noon on Saturday May 23 and again at 10am on Sunday May 24 at the Madison County Fairgrounds, the Iowa Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association will hold one of the fastest-growing equestrian sports in the United States today.

Mounted contestants compete in this action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition following courses of fire set in a variety of patterns. It’s fascinating to watch as the riders (mostly in traditional western style or the old time style of the late 1800s) race their steeds through the course to get the fastest time and the highest scores!


COWBOY CHURCH Everyone is invited to Cowboy Church at 8:30am on Sunday, May 24 also at the Madison County Fairgrounds.

RODEO ROYALTY
Hannah Hilsabeck
Jessica Hanrahan
On hand throughout this year’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration and Museum Grand Opening will be Madison County’s own Hannah Hilsabeck (left) and Jessica Hanrahan. Both are competitive equestriennes; Hannah reigns as Miss Rodeo Iowa and Jessica is the Iowa Horse Fair Senior Cowgirl Queen. And both look forward to meeting, greeting and being photographed with as many John Wayne fans as the weekend will allow.

WATCH THIS PAGEómore information will be added as details are finalized!


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