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Prairie Rose to host 3-day Western fest

Orin Friesen thinks this year's Prairie Rose Western Days festival will be the largest Western event in the state.

The event, which is open to the public, starts today and runs through Sunday. Festivities and activities will take place throughout the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon's 80-acre property in Benton.

Cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey will host the festival, which will also include Western singer Brenn Hill.

"We are having just about anything and everything to do with the West," said Friesen, the operations manager.

Numerous activities are planned each day, including horse-drawn wagon rides, Western seminars, Mexican charros, gunfights, a cowboy trade show and a farewell concert by singer Johnny Western.

"I think we've received the most calls about Johnny Western's farewell concert," Friesen said. "He has a huge fan base."

Event organizers say it would be a good idea for festival attendees to bring lawn chairs and plan on spending much of the day outside, where most of the activities will take place.

"There will be something for just about everyone," Friesen said.