Old West Fest, starting Sept. 9, features trick roper ‘Kowboy Kal’

Old West Festival organizers announce they are celebrating the festival’s 10-year anniversary this fall with the new cast addition of World Champion Trick Roper and Wild West Showman Extraordinaire, Kalvin Cook, also known as “Kowboy Kal.” Kal holds the Guinness Book of World Records world record for the largest loop at over 100 feet, was awarded the honor of Will Rogers Trick Roper of the Year, and won the Montie Montana Award for Showmanship in Las Vegas, Nevada. He will travel from his hometown of Apache, Oklahoma, to entertain families with special performances every weekend during the 2017 Old West Festival (September 9th through October 15th; Saturdays and Sundays10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.).

Since its launch in 2007, the festival has attracted more than 20,000 visitors a year. The Ohio-based festival’s dedication to creating an authentic experience of 1878 Dodge City especially appealed to self-proclaimed real-life-Cowboy Cook.

“I’m excited to join the talented cast at the Old West Festival this year!” said Cook. “With 65+ acres and six main areas of entertainment, Old West fans will have many different unique performances to choose from in the dirt streets of this unique American Frontier town.”

In addition to Cook’s trick-roping, period re-enactors will also be found walking the streets and performing the roles of cowboys, cowgirls, storeowners, residents, sheriffs, outlaws, and more.

“I’ve also heard Annie Oakley is new to the cast this year,” added Cook. “As a cowboy, not a gunfighter,

I might have to stay out of that sharp-shooter’s way!”

About Calvin Cook

Kal has performed at concerts, theme parks, school assemblies and corporate events throughout the country for more than 25 years.

He’s joined many big acts on stage over the years, including Toby Keith,

David Allan Coe, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis,

The Beach Boys, and many more. He has performed at Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, Paramount Studios Hollywood, Disney Studios, Disneyland Theme Park, Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park, Six Flags Over Texas, SeaWorld Theme Park, and Old Tucson Movie Studios.

Additionally, Kal has ridden in the Rose Bowl six times, and performed before former President Bill Clinton and eight other political leaders during a Denver Summit nearly a decade ago.

About the Old West Festival

The Old West Festival is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio, just off St. Rt. 32. Parking is FREE.

Visit www.oldwestfestival.com for more information.