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Saddle up for next month’s Western Film Fair in Winston-Salem

The Western Film Fair will be galloping back into Winston- Salem July 8-11 at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center in Winston-Salem – and a star-studded line-up of celebrity guests are along for the ride.

Presented by the Western Film Fair and Nostalgia Convention, the four-day event is devoted to “celebrating classic film and television of the golden era,” when the heroes were trueblue, the villains truly bad, and good always triumphed over evil in the end. For fans of vintage Westerns, the event has been a longstanding favorite. This year marks the 38 th event … and it could be the last.

If so, the Western Film Fair’s going out with an all-star bang.

Among the stars currently scheduled to attend (pending availability) are Lana Wood (Diamonds Are Forever, TV’s “Peyton Place”), Henry Darrow (Attica, TV’s “The High Chapparal”), Nancy Stafford (TV’s “Matlock,” Larry Cohen’s Q), Anne Lockhart (TV’s original “Battlestar: Galactica,” Joyride), Karen Sharpe (TV’s “Johnny Ringo” and widow of the great filmmaker Stanley Kramer), Sugar Dawn and Don “Brown Jug” Reynolds (both child actors in vintage B Westerns), Nia Peeples (DeepStar Six, TV’s “Walker, Texas Ranger”), Judson Mills (also a “Walker, Texas Ranger” veteran), Allison Balson (Best Seller, TV’s “Little House on the Prairie”), Kathy Garver (TV’s “Family Affair”), Pamelyn Ferdin (The Mephisto Waltz, The Toolbox Murders), Ron Harper (TV’s “Planet of the Apes” and “Land of the Lost”), Steve Silverheels (son of actor Jay Silverheels, best known for playing “Tonto” on “The Lone Ranger”) and others, with Jimmy Gilmer and Jerry Williams providing live entertainment throughout the event. Legendary NFL superstar and action star/ director Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (Take a Hard Ride, Original Gangstas, M*A*S*H, the original Inglorious Bastards) was scheduled to appear but had a last minute scheduling conflict.

In addition, there will be special screenings, panel discussions and seminars, with vendors on hand selling a wide variety of DVDs, posters, vintage magazines, collectibles and much more. And, more than likely, you can expect a surprise or two along the way.

So, if you’re a fan of vintage Westerns – or simply an aficionado of vintage Hollywood – it might be time to check out the Western Film Fair … before the sun goes down on the event for good. !

WANNA go?

The 38 th annual Western Film Fair will take place July 8-11 at the Hawthorne Inn & Convention Center, 420 High St., Winston-Salem. A daily pass is $25 ($5 after 5 pm), a single three-day pass is $75, a couples’ three-day pass is $90. For hotel reservations, call 800.972.3744 (and ask for the special Western Film Fair rate). For additional information about the Western Film Fair, call 828.524.5251, or e-mail cowboys@cometwesterns.com. The official Western Film Fair website is www.westernfilmfair. com.

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