Longview’s annual Dalton Days will have extra fire power this year, when it returns to the Longview Rodeo Arena on April 13 from 9am-2pm.
This year’s event features the return of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and its fast-riding, fast-shooting competition.
The Gregg County Historical Museum presents Dalton Days each year, with re-enactments of the May 23, 1894, robbery of the First National Bank by Bill Dalton and three members of his gang. Dalton Days was first staged in Longview in 1994, when the museum held its first re-enactment of the shootout that left three people dead, including one of the gang members.
About 200 shots were fired during one of the Old West’s biggest shootouts. Dalton Days showcases Longview’s history and the bravery of its residents, who rallied to help after the first shots were fired, according to event chairwoman Mary Ramos. The city of Longview’ Cultural Activities Advisory Commission
provides a grant that helps the museum produce the event each year.
Dalton Days includes a variety of activities for the entire family. Longview World of Wonders, an organization working to build a hands-on children’s discovery center in Longview, assists the museum by providing children’s activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and games. Hands-on roping demonstrations will be provided by Tommy Bishop with Rockin’ TK Performance Horses and Pony Express.
The Dalton Days stage will showcase the Hill Climbers, an old-time country and country gospel group; and members of the East Texas Chapter of the Christian Songwriters Association. Also, Safe Haven is hosting a Tennis Ball Toss with a chance to win a big screen television provided by Peters Chevrolet. Tickets will be on sale for $5. For more information, please visit: www.DaltonDays.com.