Sheridan Arts Foundation: Wild West Roundup, Free Family Event, 6/9!

Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation celebrates 30 years of the Wild West Fests, June 4-10, 2023, with a week of empowering activities for 34 kids from various Boys & Girls Clubs of America including Mobile, AL; Wichita Falls, TX; Farmington, NM; and youth from Nucla and Naturita, CO.

As part of the celebration, the Sheridan Arts Foundation presents the Wild West Fest Roundup, a day of free family activities for the community on Friday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Go here for more on the Sheridan Arts Foundation.

Go here for more on the history of the Wild West Fest.

The Roundup kicks off with live music from Max and Brittney Flinn.

American Songwriter says: “Max’s writing has a self-awareness that has been missing in recent top-40 country music, the kind that draws you into the story and makes you sit down to listen.”  

Producer Bobby Terry (Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson) agrees with the sentiment adding: “Max Flinn is one of those young guys with an old soul, and it comes through in his music. Couple that soul with his solid performances both on stage and in the studio, and you have a musician that is as real as it gets.” Flinn brings that sincere and heartfelt voice to the stage. He’s opened shows for the Eli Young Band, Robert Earl Keen, Hal Ketchum, Cory Morrow, Ryan Bingham, David Allan Coe and more.

Max is joined by his wife and super talented vocalist Brittney Blair. They perform original songs, as well as some fan-favorite duets and covers.

Listen here to Max & Brittney’s duet of the Emmylou Harris hit “One of These Days.”

Yellow Bird Productions performs at noon.

Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, under the umbrella of the family-owned and operated Yellow Bird Productions (run by Ken and Doreen Duncan), is a Native American performing arts group that presents audiences with a kaleidoscope of dances, songs and stories that introduce the essence and passionate spirit of Native American culture. Talon Duncan, second of the 2023 World Champion Hoop Dance competition and past champion, will perform.

Following Yellow Bird’s performance, Wild West Fest kids from the Rock and Roll and dance mentorships will perform.

Additional events include a Butch Cassidy robbery reenactment (sans horses) and a nickel drop sponsored by Alpine Bank. Y Hitch Suffolk Punch Horses from Montrose will take people on stagecoach and buggy rides down Main Street. Schmid Family Ranch will give two sheep-shearing demonstrations. There will also be blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day, a face painter and Telluride Photo Booth on-site.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation covers all costs associated with the event.

The public can meet official Wild West Fest artist Molly Perrault from 2-4 p.m. in the SHOW Bar. Her collage, “Be Open,” which was used on all Wild West Fest promotional materials, is available for purchase. A portion of proceeds go directly to the Wild West Fest program.

Nashville-based country/pop band Six One Five Collective performs at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Friday, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased at www.SheridanOperaHouse.com.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation ensures that kids attend Wild West Fest at no cost to their families, providing all lodging, meals and activities for the week, totaling approximately $45,000 annually. This substantial fundraising goal is achieved largely by generous contributions made by our local, regional and national patrons and granting foundations. While program costs continue to rise, the Sheridan Arts Foundation still sets donations of $1,500 as the threshold to become a child sponsor.

ROUNDUP SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, FRIDAY, JUNE 9:

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. face painting, blacksmith demonstrations, Telluride Photo Booth, “bull” roping
11 a.m. – 12 p.m./ 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. live music with Max & Brittney Flinn
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. stagecoach and buggy rides
12 p.m. Yellow Bird Indian Dancers perform
12:30 p.m. Wild West Fest CAMP Mentorships perform
1 p.m. Alpine Bank nickel drop & Butch Cassidy reenactment
1:15 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. sheep shearing demonstration
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. reception with Wild West Fest artist Molly Perrault in the SHOW Bar
8 p.m. Nashville band Six One Five Collective* live in concert

*ticketed event

Sheridan Arts Foundation, more:

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic. Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community; to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride; and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education.

The SAF is sponsored in part by grants from CCAASE & CCI.

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