Roy Rogers Festival returns

By Nikki Blankenship -

Until we meet again… Put on your boots and hats because westerns fans can get together again for the 34th Annual Roy Rogers Festival coming to town on Wednesday, August 2.

Presented by the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association, the Roy Rogers Festival will begin at 7 p.m. August 2 and last into the evening of Saturday, August 5. The celebration will begin Wednesday with a reception in the hospitality room of the Holiday Inn on Second Street in Portsmouth. Thursday the dealer’s room will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dealers room will be open daily from 9 a.m.. to 5 p.m. The tour of Roger’s childhood home will begin at 10:30 a.m. Back in the hospitality room, a Q&A with the starts will begin at 1 p.m. The Q&A will be followed by entertainment and food beginning at 7 p.m. Q&A will resume Friday at 11. The second tour of the childhood home will begin at 2 p.m. with entertainment at 7 p.m. Saturday will start with breakfast with the stars at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be followed by a costume contest at 10 a.m. A meet and greet will kick off at 11 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Guests then have leisure time until the grand banquet with the stars with enteratinment and an auction at 7 p.m. Nightly entertainment will be provided by Jon Patterson, Jim Evans, Bill Sanders and Steve Free.

This year’s guests include author Julie Ann Ream, author Terry Bomar, Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island Dawn Wells, Gomer Pyle USMC known from The Andy Griffith Show Ronnie Schell,

Don Collier and Rudy Ramos from the High Chaparral, Roger’s daughter Dodie Rogers and her husband Jon Patterson who is literally a rocket scientist and works for NASA.

Tickets will be available at the festival table. Entry to the Wednesday reception will be $15, access to the Thursday and Friday hospitality room will be $14 per day, Saturday’s breakfast is $12 and the ticket price for the Grand Banquet on Saturday are $35.

Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association Secretary Phillip Jones explained that each year the organization selects one scholarship recipient. This year’s recipient is Katelynn York, of West. York explained that she plans to attend Shawnee State University. Though she is not exactly sure what she wants to study, York says she has been job shadowing a radiology technician and has really enjoyed it.

York explained that her mom had encouraged her to apply for the scholarship.

“I really didn’t think I would get it,” she stated. “I was very surprised. I’m very blessed.”

For more information about the Roy Rogers Festival or the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association, find them on Facebook or stop in at the Holiday Inn August 2 through 5.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.