By Harry Alexander
If you weren't able to attend the 16th Annual Empire Ranch Roundup & Open House on Sat. Nov. 5, you missed out on a rip-roaring good ol' cowboy time! The Empire Ranch is located southeast of Tucson and served as a backdrop for a number of famous western movies–"3:10 to Yuma, "Red River", "Oklahoma", and "Monte Walsh" – both versions, the first one with Lee Marvin and the last one starring Tom Selleck.
Empire Ranch Foundation officials estimate the crowd at 2,000 visitors. Those visitors were exposed to a variety of events that one would experience living on a ranch in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s. There were cast iron cooking demonstrations, a real cowboy chuck wagon, kids learning about ranch brands, music, cowboy conversations with former western actors including Don Collier and stuntman Bunker de France, noted Wyatt Earp historian Scott Dyke, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry demonstrations, talks about the movies made at the Empire, a silent auction, and, so much more.
The Empire Ranch Foundation was established to help raise funds to the historic property. The Roundup is just one of the yearly events it sponsors. Other events include a Spring Trail Ride, an art sale, youth education, docent-led tours of the ranch, and, presenting a movie at the Loft Cinema that was filmed at the Empire Ranch.
To see what you missed, head over to the Empire Ranch Facebook page and check out the photos taken by Empire Ranch Foundation Executive Director Bobbie Young and Southern Arizona News-Examiner Photo Editor Sally Reichardt. In the meantime, enjoy some other pictures of the event!Reenactors from Fort Huachuca portraying B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry
Some cowboys and cowgirls
The blacksmith at the Empire
The Old Pueblo Gunfighters fast draw group from Tucson A sampling of the crowd at the 16th Annual Empire Ranch Roundup & Open House Retired Hollywood stuntman Bunker de France, left, and Old Tucson film historian Marty Freise talking about the movies filmed at the Empire Ranch
Harry Alexander is the News Editor of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner.