The first church group was founded in November of 1872, only a few months after the establishment of Dodge City. They solicited funds to build a “Union Church” from every establishment in town including the dance halls and saloons. The Union Church building, built in 1874, was located on the northeast corner of First Ave. and Spruce St. As the population increased, denominations were organized. Before these congregations built separate churches, they usually met on different time schedules in the Union Church. The building served the community for 25 years as a place of worship by various denominations and also as a place for community theater, story-telling and social gatherings.
At The Old West Festival “The Union Church” provides seating out of the elements for daily Cowboy Church, singing, story-telling and our very own melodrama.
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Frequenly asked questions about the Old West Festival.
Enjoy a full day of entertainment for one low price.
The Old West Festival is not only fun for kids, but also educational! Here are some fun ways to teach the youngsters about history while they gave a great time.
In 1878 The cowboys hung out at the Long Branch Saloon. Today, they hang out at Facebook. Cowboy Up!
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We are now accepting and encouraging volunteers to participate in the Old West Festival.
We are a Juried Show. We highly encourage products to represent those available in the late 1800’s American West. We expect all items sold to our patrons to be traditional or original in design, functionally appropriate, durable, well made, and guaranteed by their maker to be satisfactory to the customer. We are accepting artisan and vendor period applications for the current season. Please contact us with all your craft questions.
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities are currently available. Please contact us to find out more about how your company can be featured in our programs, on our website or even in our town! Our Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities also include free passes to our Festival, so you and your clients can come and enjoy the fun!