By Frank Lewis
The Second Annual Roy Rogers Character Awards Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, at the Scioto County Visitors Bureau, will kick off the 31st Annual Roy Rogers Festival in Portsmouth.
“We’ll be awarding three awards to folks from Scioto County- a young adult, a teenager and an adult,” Tim Throckmorton, one of the organizers of the event, said. “It’s an award that champions the notion that Roy’s movies created a positive influence in our culture - his virtue, his character, and to say this is who we are in Scioto County. And we also want to encourage young people to not only learn about Roy and those values, but also to live them. We have some kids that do that already, but this raises the level of awareness of who Roy was and these traits that not only made Scioto County great, but made America great.”
Roy Rogers’ youngest daughter, Dodie Rogers Patterson, and another of the organizers, Monty Lobb, will present the awards. The stars who will be in town for the Roy Rogers Festival are also expected to be in attendance, including Dan (Grizzly Adams) Haggerty. Throckmorton said State Senator Joe Uecker will again take part in the breakfast.
Tickets are available for the breakfast and are available by going to royrogersfestival.org or by calling 740-727-4444.
The Festival runs from July 30 through Aug. 2 and in addition to Haggerty, Darby Hinton who played Daniel Boone’s son on the Daniel Boone Show, Russ McCubbin, Clint Walker’s stunt man, as well as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Tonto and Lash Larue look-alikes, will be on hand to attend events and meet the public.
In addition to Dodie Rogers Patterson, her husband, Jon Patterson, Roger and John Cox, Roy’s youngest sister Kathleen’s sons and her granddaughter Cindy, will also take part in the Festival.
On Thursday and Friday, tours of Roy’s boyhood home will be conducted. There will be a question and answer session with the stars on Thursday and Friday and Saturday will feature a Western look-alike contest and Dogwood Pass will be in town to do a western scene show on the grass across from the Holiday Inn, the host hotel for the Festival.
Entertainment will include Cindy Smith with Fuzzy Q. and Jon Patterson. Information as to times and dates is available at royrogersfestival.org.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.