In a flash from the past, Brett Erwood, assuming his character of "Horace Hockey," sits astride "Sugarfoot" to patrol the streets of rustic Bridgeton in preparation of this weekend's "Old West Fest and Milling Days."
The "Old West Fest and Milling Days" festival, open Saturday and Sunday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will raise money for the rebuilding efforts for the 137-year-old Bridgeton Bridge lost to arson in April.
Planned to be educational as well as entertaining, the weekend event will include bullwhip acts, spinners and weavers demonstrations, gold panning, hay rides, covered wagons and stagecoaches available for the public.
A taste of the old west can be had through he Native American Educational Activities, the Single Action Shooters Society, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and the Indiana Mustangs and Burro Club who will provide fun activities throughout each day of the festival.
On Saturday, a "History of Bridgeton" play will take place at the town theater at 1:30 p.m., and a Campfire Around the Chuck Wagon with the "Singing Cowboy" and storytelling is scheduled at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday's event highlights include a parade through main street, a costume contest for children ages 12 and under, a concert by the Parke County Cowboy Church Band and the raffle drawing at the end of the festival.
For more information on the scheduling of events, which may change, call 765-548-0106.