Showdown at Sunset in El Dorado Recreates Historic Gunfight


 


Zoie
Clift



travelarkansas@gmail.com




 

In
1902 in broad daylight on the courthouse square of El Dorado, city Marshal Guy
Tucker confronted his bitter rivals, the Parnell Brothers.  In one swift moment, a flurry of
gunfire left three men dead and several others wounded.  Witness the historic re-enactment of
the infamous Parnell-Tucker gunfight during Showdown at Sunset, which returns
to town June 25.

The
show has three performances this summer and takes place the last Saturday of
each month, on June 25,July 30 and August
27 at the courthouse square (101 N. Washington St.). This award-winning
event was named one of the Top-100 Events in North America by the American Bus
Association and received the Community Trademark Award by the Arkansas Festival
& Event Association.

The
re-enactment supports a cast of area actors and chronicles the events that led
up to this historic event. Characters include: City Marshal Guy Tucker,
grandfather to former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker; store owner Tom
Parnell; brother Matt Parnell; photographer Bob Mullens; Sheriff Norris and
others.  This historic portrayal of
life in El Dorado in the early 1900s includes live music prior to the
re-enactment.  Entertainment begins
at 6 p.m. with the re-enactment starting at 6:30 pm. 

The
first event’s lead-in entertainment (June 25) is the cast of the South Arkansas
Arts Center summer musical production, Seussical. The pre event live music on
July 30and August 27performances will be Andy Reid.
Showdown at Sunset is open to the public and there is no admission fee.  Group seating is also available and each
person attending receives a free Showdown at Sunset souvenir program and
trading card. For more information, contact: Mark Givens, Executive
Director of Main Street El Dorado at 870-862-4747 or  



mainstreeteldorado@suddenlinkmail.com


. More details can be
found at



www.mainstreeteldorado.org



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2 comments on “Showdown at Sunset in El Dorado Recreates Historic Gunfight
  1. Daniel L. Parnell says:

    Might there be available a DVD on the historic 1902 gunfight? If so, please let me know the cost and handling charge.
    Thanks… Dan Parnell

  2. Zoie Clift says:

    Thanks for your comment Dan–I’ll check if there is a DVD available and will keep you posted if so–thanks again! Zoie

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