Garnett Davis, a board member of the Roy Rogers Festival, said this year’s special centennial celebration in honor of Roger’s 100th birth date will feature a concert by Dusty, Dustin and the High Riders. Additional entertainment is planned but has not yet been finalized.
“(Dusty, Dustin and the High Riders) could not make it in the month of June or July, either one. They said August would be the best time,” Davis said.
Davis said the decision to change the date came after several discussions. Now that is has been moved, however, Davis anticipates future festivals will also take place in August.
“I think this is going to be from now on,” Davis said. “(We’ll) keep this same date in August.”
The Roy Rogers Festival honors Rogers, nicknamed “the King of the Cowboys,” who died in 1998. Rogers, a singer and actor, appeared in hundreds of movies, as well as the Roy Rogers Show.
The festival typically includes dealers who sell and trade Rogers memorabilia. It also features a trip to Rogers’ home on Duck Run.
This year’s trip to Rogers’ home is scheduled for Aug. 4.
Davis emphasized, however, that the home is privately owned and that those who go on the tour will only be permitted to visit the property’s historical marker.
“You cannot tour the house. It is a privately owned home now, but it has a historical marker kind of out in the front yard,” Davis said. “The historical marker, the public can still get to that marker.”