Reunion City, USA
Area residents took a step back in time this weekend.
The Buffalo Bill Wild West Parade moved through downtown Jamestown and a second Wild West Show was performed after the parade as part of The International Cody Family Association Reunion on Saturday.
The parade began at the corner of Third Street and Foote Avenue and ended at the Gateway Train Station, where the Wild West Show took place, and featured classic cars, the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers, the Jamestown High School Marching Band, stage coaches, horses and more.
Gregg and Tammy DeLong, parade attendees, said they were excited to see their sophomore daughter, Madison, perform with the Jamestown High School marching band.
Peyton and Cole Joly, two youngsters dressed up in their finest Wild West attire, participated in the parade by handing out candy and coupons to onlookers.
Cole said that the parade was “awesome” and both enjoyed being a part of it.
After the parade, Jeremy Johnston, curator of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West located in Cody, Wyoming, spoke to attendees from the stage set up across from the Gateway Train Station.
Johnston said that Jamestown is one of the friendliest cities he has visited and urged everyone to travel to Wyoming to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which spans 7 acres.
Susan Rowley, president of the local chapter of Blue Start Mothers, presented the Cody family with a banner to commemorate Col. William Frederick Cody, commonly known as Buffalo Bill, who received a Medal of Honor for his service in The Indian Wars. Rowley added that Theodore Roosevelt also received a Medal of Honor for his service.
Tom Bishop’s 4B Ranch Productions performed the Wild West Shows on Saturday.
As many as 2,500 relatives of Buffalo Bill Cody have been invited to the Jamestown area for the reunion, which is held every two years.
For more information about the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, visit www.centerofthewest.org.