Not far from the border of New Mexico’s southeast corner, you’ll find Andrews, Texas, a quaint, up-and-coming community. Named for Richard Andrews (the first soldier to die in the Texas revolution), Andrews has a past similar to a lot of towns in West Texas: most of the people in the area relied on oil and ranching, which are still important industries today.
Pay a visit to Andrews and you’ll see that the cowboy spirit is still alive in these parts, especially if you come the weekend of April 24th – 26th, because that’s when Andrews will host their annual Wild, Wild West Fest at the Ace Arena! If you want to experience a taste of the history of the Wild West, then this is the event for you! You’ll also get to taste some incredible grub, too, and see some of the best cooks in Texas squaring off at the Texas Shootout BBQ Cook-off. You’ll see some exciting shooting competitions, and even get the chance to challenge a real gunslinger to a shootout. There will also be tractor pulls and antique tractor shows, a zip line, the Heart of America Carnival, an authentic Old West Show, concerts, folklore and Mariachi dancing, and many more fun events guaranteed to awaken the cowboy spirit in all attending! I went a few years ago, and I had a blast! I especially enjoyed seeing the demonstrations at their Living History Area, which featured gunfights, a chuck wagon camp, Cowboys and Indians… everything you’d expect to see in the Wild Wild West. On top of all that, admission is free!
So come on out to the Ace Arena the weekend of April 24-25 and join the friendly residents of Andrews in a fun-filled celebration of our amazing Texas heritage!