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Old West performances to be staged at Kaufman County Poor Farm

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David Webb is a veteran journalist who has written for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. He is now a freelancer who lives in the Cedar Creek Lake area.




The Kaufman County Historical Commission will host an Old West reenactment performance at the Kaufman County Poor Farm Aug. 19.


Five performances by 35 Old West actors will take place throughout the day. Two groups known as the Legends of the West and the Legends of Texas will be alternating performances.


Some of the performers will be impersonating Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and other Western personalities.


There will vendors selling foods, Western wear and other goods. There will also be demonstrations, such as soap making and knife making, and pony rides.


The gates open at 9 a.m., and the performances are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Admission is $10 for adults and children with an adult get in free.


The poor farm is on South Washington Street off of State Highway 175. All proceeds benefit the poor farm’s planned restoration.


Poor farms housed homeless, starving people a century ago. The Kaufman County Poor Farm is the last one still owned by a county in Texas, and it is listed as a Texas endangered landmark.




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