The 2016 John Wayne Birthday Celebration was a great success!
While rain threatened throughout the weekend of May 27 and 28, it never laid a hand on Winterset, Iowa’s annual John Wayne Birthday Celebration. A number of events, such as the 5K Run/Walk, the debut of the Horse Parade and outdoor screening of The Searchers were weather dependent, but there were no cancellations and no delays. The photos below capture some of our favorite moments of the weekend, and the full lineup of events can be seen below.
Sarah Cowman with hand-signed photo of Maureen O'Hara, which auctioned for $9,000.
The Country Barn Dance, presented by the Madison County Fairgrounds, where hundreds whirled into the wee hours.
Birthplace director Brian Downes and 2016 musical headliner Carin Mari on fine mounts provided by Wildwood Hills Ranch.
Musical headliner Carin Mari of Buena Vista, Colorado performs at the benefit dinner.
Conor FitzSimons, Maureen O'Hara's grandson, accepts America Remembers' engraved John Wayne Tribute 1873 Rifle presented in appreciation for providing major memorabilia from The Quiet Man.
Conor FizSimons was exceedingly pleased with the display of his grandmother's relics from The Quiet Man.
Joe Zuckschwerdt, Craig Garfield, Conor FitzSimons, Dan Bush, Brian Downes and Mike Fletchall sharing a laugh at the dedication of The Quiet Man artifacts.
The venerable 5K Run/Walk has become a major Birthday Celebration favorite.
The world-famous Wells Fargo stagecoach hitch rolls through the Streets of Winterset.
Carolyn Farr and Debbie McKeever holding down the fort at the John Wayne Birthplace gift shop.
We hope to see you at the next John Wayne Birthday Celebration on May 26 & 27, 2017.