LA JUNTA - Boggsville, the newest point of interest in southeastern Colorado where the exciting days of the Old West may be relived and enjoyed, is the scene for "Boggsville Days 2018" this coming weekend, Oct. 12-14.

     Through the combined efforts of the Bent County Historical Society and "Doc" Jones' Chuck Wagon Suppers, this year's three-day event promises more excitement, more talent, more food and music, more activities and attractions for visitors of all ages than ever before.

     Site of a famously historic town dating to the 1860s, Boggsville was founded by Tom Boggs, an employee of William Bent of Bent's Old Fort fame.  The house Boggs built for himself and his wife Rumalda, step-daughter to Charles Bent, as well as the house built by cattle baron John Prowers for himself and his wife Amache,the daughter of a Southern Cheyenne Chief, are standing and may be toured during Boggsville Days, says Larry Bourne of Las Animas, Vice-president of the Bent County Historic Society and Site Manager for Boggsville.

     Located two miles south of Las Animas on U.S. 101, Boggsville has been assisted in its rehabilitation by grants and direction from History Colorado. Success of such enterprises as "Boggsville Days 2018" will encourage increasing support from such prestigious agencies, suggests Bourne.

     According to Bourne, there will be more living history people there this weekend than ever before, and more from farther away.  He mentions Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, as well as Colorado.  "This event is growing in popularity among living history people," he says. 

     A large number of vendors and entertainers will liven the days, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Among them are creators and sellers of knives and sculptures, jewelry, painted feathers, old-time photos, personalized metal signs ("with your name") done on order, wooden toys, and corn husk dolls  Lunches planned for Saturday, 11-1:00, include hot dogs, chips, corn bread, ham and beans, and desserts.  Water will be available throughout the days.  The gift shop, also, will be open for business, says Bourne. 

     There will be games for kids; "Professor Picatune" (Leon Davis of Cheraw) will be providing music.  Lessons in playing the game of Faro will be taught (not for money) by a Burlington gunfighter. when he is not involved with other gunfighters from Burlington in very realistic staged shootouts.  There will be Mexican dancers and dances, Burlington dance hall girls, a home cooking demonstration. and cowboy poetry recitations by acclaimed Colorado Poets.

     Larger than ever, too, will be demonstrations of horse farming, for instead of the four teams of horses and mules seen plowing the Boggsville ground in previous years, Jones reports there will be 14 teams coming in for the 2018 celebration.  Doc Jones is famous for his annual "Farm Days," which has been held at his acreage in La Junta Gardens for over 30 years, as well as for wrangling teams and rolling stock for parades and motion pictures for nearly 45 years.

     A cowboy church service will be held under the trees in the large yard central to Boggsville at 10 a.m. Sundcy the 14th.  Activities of the previous three days will continue on Suncay, as well.

     "Doc Jones Chuck Wagon Supper" is being served Saturday evening, Oct. 13, beginning at 5 p.m.  Cost of each ticket for the meal is $25.  Tickets may be purchased at Boggsville beginning at mealtime, or they may be reserved by phoning Doc Jones at 719-469-3030 or Larry Bourne at 719-281-6877 and then claimed at the "gate" at mealtime.The menu includes chicken fried steak or brisket, rolls and biscuits, cowboy beans, fried or mashed potatoes and gravy, peach cobbler, and a drink. Ticket holders may choose any or all of these selections from any or all of the five chuck wagons whose cooks will have spent the day Saturday preparing them. 

     Special Western music by veteran musicians Wes McKinley and Billy Whitfield, who once played backup for Roger Miller, will begin at 6 p.m., as will recitations of cowboy poetry spoken by Colorado poet Floyd Beard, who was named top poet in the nation in 2017 by the Western Music Association. These are returning talents at Bogggsville, where they have been enjoyed at past chuck wagon suppers cooked and served by Doc Jones and Company's crew.

     It is suggested that visitors may want to bring folding chairs, although picnic tables with bench seats will be available. Rest room facilities are also available.