Just when we didn’t think it could get any better, we learned this week that actor Robert Carradine will be joining us for our 10th Anniversary John Wayne Birthday Celebration. Carradine, of course, starred as one of the young waddies who went up the trail with John Wayne in The Cowboys (1972). Among his countless other screen roles, he also appeared with his brothers David and Keith in The Long Riders, alongside Lee Marvin in The Big Red One and, so memorably, as geeky Lewis in Revenge of the Nerds. Robert’s father, John Carradine (pictured here with his son and John Wayne on the set of The Cowboys) famously shared the screen with Wayne in such classics as Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and The Shootist.
The Winterset Volunteer Fire Department invites one and all to Breakfast at the Firehouse on Saturday, May 27 from 6am-11am. A John Wayne Birthday Celebration tradition. this popular event has been satisfying hungry 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 $6 per person (children 3 and under are free.) The firehouse is one block east of the courthouse square on Court Avenue.
Today, the Iowa House approved a resolution recognizing John Wayne’s birthday, May 26th, as John Wayne Day in Iowa. This resolution was co-sponsored by myself, Rep. Stan Gustafson (R), Rep. Jim Carlin (R), Rep Liz Bennett (D) and Representative Ako Abdul-Samad (D). The resolution was unanamously adopted.
The Resolution reads:
“A Resolution recognizing the national significance of actor John Wayne’s accomplishments and designating May 26, 2017 as John Wayne Day in Iowa.
WHEREAS, John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa on May 26, 1907; and
WHEREAS, John Wayne was among the top Hollywood box office film stars for three decades and starred in 159 films; and
WHEREAS, 83 of John Wayne’s films were Westerns, in which John Wayne personified for millions the nation’s frontier heritage; and
WHEREAS, the John Wayne birthplace home in Winterset has been visited by more than 1 million visitors since first opening in 1982, including President Ronald Reagan, film legend Maureen O’Hara, all of John Wayne’s children, and guests from all 50 states and countless foreign countries; and
WHEREAS, the Iowa Tourism Board and the Travel Federation of Iowa have honored the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum with the 2016 Outstanding Attraction Award; and
WHEREAS, John Wayne received the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1969 for his role in the film “True Grit”; and
WHEREAS, in honor of his enduring status as an iconic American, John Wayne was formally recognized by the United States Congress on May 26, 1979, when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor; and
WHEREAS, on June 9,1980, John Wayne was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter as “an example and a symbol of true American grit and determination”; and
WHEREAS, the mere mention of the name “John Wayne” produces images of courage and patriotism; NOW THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That the House of Representatives recognizes the national significance of John Wayne’s accomplishments and designates May 26, 2017, henceforth as John Wayne Day in Iowa.”
Another enjoyable kickoff to the John Wayne Birthday Celebration will be the Country Barn Dance at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Last year’s wingding was a huge hit and revelers stayed way past closing to enjoy music, dancing and the camaraderie of John Wayne fans from across the country. Come early and admire the horses which will be participating in Saturday’s parade. Music and dancing will be from 7-11pm on Friday, May 26. Admission at the door is $8. Refreshments will be available.