2018 John Wayne Birthday Celebration Headliner Announced

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.

To learn more about Red Steagall visit www.redsteagall.com.

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This delightful letter arrived recently at the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum:

Dear Ladies of the John Wayne Birthplace:

Our visit to the museum on August 7th was awesome!  We were very impressed how well it was put together and we could have spent hours just taking it all in. 

The town of Winterset seemed like a picture postcard and there is a tranquility that one cannot explain.

We want to extend a huge  ‘thank you’ to all the ladies on duty for your generous kindness and thoughtfulness.  Thank you for everything.

We are enjoying our gift shop purchases and sharing with others how great your town is.

Fondly,

Capt. & Mrs. William Bovee, USMC, RET.

Spotsylvania, Virginia

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