If John Wayne had been a western singer, he’d have been Red Steagall. Born and raised in the Panhandle Plains of Texas, Steagall champions the rugged spirit and traditions of his forbears, the same spirit exemplified by John Wayne throughout his entire motion picture career.
It’s our great honor–and pleasure–to announce that Red Steagall will be headlining our 2018 John Wayne Birthday Celebration, May 25 & 26, in Winterset, Iowa.
Steagall’s award-winning RFD-TV television show, “Somewhere West of Wall Street,” is only the latest of his noteworthy accomplishments. He is also the host of “Cowboy Corner,” an hour-long syndicated radio program which airs on 170 stations in 43 states.
In his 45-year entertainment career, Steagall has enjoyed tremendous success as a hit-making singer and songwriter, movie actor and producer and record industry executive –he discovered and launched the career of Reba McEntire and was present in the studio with John Wayne during the recording of Duke’s patriotic album, “America, Why I Love Her.”
Steagall has performed at countless rodeos and western music festivals. He was also invited to perform at the Reagan White House. For the past 27 years he has hosted his own Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards District. His many awards include being honored by the Texas legislature as the Lone Star State’s Poet Laureate and induction into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Please be on hand to help us welcome one of the most esteemed Westerners of our time.
We cannot imagine a John Wayne Birthday Celebration without John Wayne movies so, in cooperation with Winterset’s historic Iowa Theater, we are presenting the venerable classic Red River (1948) on Friday, May 25th and the action-packed crowd pleaser Big Jake (1971) on Saturday, May 26th.
One of the finest westerns ever made, Red River features impassioned performances, stunning cinematography and adventure on a grand scale.
Starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift and Walter Brennan, it’s a hard-hitting epic that captures the dangers of driving cattle up the treacherous Chisholm Trail.
This special screening will be introduced by our honored guest Red Steagall. The multi-award-winning western performer will entertain with stories and songs of the great trail drives from the annals of his native State of Texas.
John Wayne stars as Big Jake McCandles, a husband who hasn’t seen his wife (Maureen O’Hara) in over 18 years. But he returns home after his grandson is kidnapped by a vicious outlaw gang. While the law gives chase in rickety automobiles, Jake saddles up with an Indian scout (Bruce Cabot) and a box of money–even though paying a ransom isn’t how Jake plans to exact good old frontier justice. Spiced with humor and first-class gunfights, this is a vivid depiction of the last days of the wild frontier.
Advance tickets are recommended and can be reserved at www.the-iowa.com.
Both screenings will benefit the not-for-profit Iowa Theater.
Breakfast at the Firehouse
The Winterset Fire Fighters Association invites one and all to Breakfast at the Fire House on Saturday, May 26 from 6am-11am. A John Wayne Birthday Celebration tradition, this popular event has been satisfying visitors and home towners alike since 2007. Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages, the food is great, the service superb and it’s a real bargain at $8 per person (3 and under are free.) The firehouse is one block east of the courthouse square on Court Avenue.
John Wayne Birthday Celebration 5K Run/Walk
Another popular event is the John Wayne Birthday Celebration 5K Run/Walk at 9am on Saturday, May 26. The annual crowd-pleaser happens rain or shine and begins and ends at the Birthplace museum. Register online at GetMeRegistered.com/
Here Come the Horses!
The John Wayne Birthday Celebration Horse Parade is fast becoming one of the premiere equestrian events in the Middle West. Led by the Winterset High School Marching Band, the cavalcade will include saddle and draft horses, mules and all manner of wagons, carriages and coaches. We are also expecting Mr. & Mrs. Red Steagall to be on hand to wave to fans along the route.
Beginning and ending at the Madison County Fairgrounds at 11am on Saturday, May 26, the procession will wind through Winterset’s picturesque residential neighborhoods, the historic Courthouse Square and past the John Wayne Birthplace. Places are filling up fast but parade organizer Frank Santana remains on the lookout for snappy saddle clubs, teamsters or mounted military units. Mr. Santana can be contacted by phone at 520-241-6442 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For many attendees of the annual John Wayne Birthday Celebration, our Benefit Dinner & Auction ranks at the top for excitement and enjoyment. It’s been selling out for years and no wonder. First class musical performances, great food and America’s most entertaining auctioneers, Jon and Chuck Garrison, who have raised upwards of $100,000 to benefit the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum.
This year will be no exception. The dinner will be headlined by western singer/songwriter Red Steagall and the auction will feature a wide variety of John Wayne collectibles and memorabilia. Past offerings have included vintage movie posters, original fine art and prints, rare autographs and commemorative firearms. This year we are introducing the the work of traditional western artist Jerry Crandall who contributed this Giclee print of John Wayne as Tom Dunson in “Red River” (1948). To learn more about Jerry Crandall visithttp://www.eagle-editions.com/original-paintings/western-art/red-river-original-oil-by-jerry-crandall.html
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