Showdown at Sunset in El Dorado!

 

showdown-featuredShowdown at Sunset has been a summer tradition in El Dorado since the 1980s. The historic live show, named one of the “Top-100 Events in North America” by The American Bus Association, recreates the 1902 shootout that led to a bitter feud between the Tucker and Parnell families.

 

A chance to catch a performance takes place tomorrow night ( July 27) in downtown El Dorado. All the shows are at the courthouse square (101 N. Washington St.) with live music and entertainment starting at 6 pm.

 

During the show, the  downtown area transforms into a historical platform and venue to witness the notorious shootout.

 

As to the story behind the show, the small town of El Dorado, founded in 1843, remained isolated until the arrival of railroads allowed a prosperous lumber industry to evolve. In 1902, the Tucker-Parnell Feud erupted over a series of disputes between the city’s marshal, Guy Tucker, and local businessman Tom Parnell. A gunfight in the city’s streets left three men dead and Tucker (who is the great-grandfather of former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker) and others injured. This gunfight is the basis of Showdown at Sunset.

 

A cast of  local actors recreates the events leading up to the gunfight. Before the re-enactment, the cast mingles with visitors to describe the history of the area and give insight into the people depicted. The aim is to achieve a sense of historical setting so that visitors will better understand the recreated confrontation between the two feuding parties.

 

The cast of actors wear true-to-the-era costumes. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Following the show will be a free concert. If you can’t make it tomorrow, no worries as another performance is scheduled for August 31. More information can be found at mainstreeteldorado.org.

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2 comments on “Showdown at Sunset in El Dorado!
  1. Frank Hines says:

    My dad’s sister, Eathel Hines was the wife of Aaron Parnell. They lived in San Diego. Dan Parnell is my first cousin.

  2. Frank Hines says:

    I never realized there was such a notable history in our family…Hines/Parnell

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