Outlaw Days presents the professional reenactments of the 1867 robbery of the Hughes & Wasson bank Sept. 22. Re-enactors portraying what most believe was the James-Younger Gang will enter the square on horseback from several directions, as they did 145 years ago.
Robbie Maupin, an Orrick native and professional Western and Civil War re-enactor, will narrate the robbery. Maupin planned the Battle of Lexington’s 150th anniversary re-enactment and will do the same in Ray County in 2014 for the Battle of Albany.
The re-enactment will be performed twice, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and involve a dozen gang members rendezvousing on the square from three directions. Maupin is intent on closely following what’s known about the May 22, 1867 Hughes and Wasson Bank robbery. The daylight robbery, the fourth believed to be the work of the James-Younger Gang, took place just west of the Edward D. Jones building, a former bank, in what’s now a grassy area on the side of Richmond United Methodist Church. The 1860s building of Garner McCalley will be used as the bank for the re-enactment.
Three people were killed during the holdup, which netted $3,500 for the gang. The shootings and getaway will also be part of the show.
It will be preceded by a live performance of “Robber’s Cave,” an original song by Richmond News News Editor David Knopf which commemorates the robbery and suspected gang hideout from the viewpoint of Richmond native Robert Ford and his mother.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
6:45 a.m. – Outlaw Chili Cook-off Teams meet with judges, in front of Hometown Pizza
7 a.m. – 5K and 10K registration begins, in front of Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce office
8 a.m. – 5K and 10K Runs Start, race begins in front of chamber office
8 a.m. – Motorcycle Show Registration, city parking lot on West Main Street. No entries after 11 a.m., sponsored by Lillie and Daisy
9 a.m. – Vendor Booths Open
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Pony Rides, in front of US Bank, $5 – sponsored by Richmond KFC/Taco Bell
9 a.m. – Postcards From The Past Exhibition, Friends Gallery
9 a.m. – Kiddie Parade Line-up, North Thornton near US Bank
9:15am – Kiddie Parade Judging
9:30am – Kiddie Parade, sponsored by State Bank 10 a.m. – Olde Thyme Photographs. Dress up in period clothing provided by the Farris and have your photo taken for $5, Friends Gallery
10:30 a.m. – Bank Robbery Re-enactment, southwest corner of Richmond Square, sponsored by Richmond Farm and Lawn
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Ray County Rhythm Riders, grandstand stage, sponsored by Pierson Realty
11 a.m. – Free Wild West Movie Showing, Farris Theatre
11 a.m. – Bike Show Judging, West Main St. city parking lot
11:30 a.m. – Kiddie Crafts – Decorate your own bandanas, southeast corner of the Square
Noon – Judging for Outlaw Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Richmond News
Noon – Bike Show Awards Ceremony. After awards, Poker Run begins.
12:30 p.m. – Lil’ Mr. and Ms. Outlaw Contest, sponsored by Community Realty, grandstand stage
1 p.m. – Outlaw Cook-off chili open to the public, in front of Hometown Pizza, $5
1 p.m. – Little Deputies Swearing-in Ceremony, grandstand stage, sponsored by Super 8
1:30 to 3 p.m., Country-and-western band Country Shindig performs, grandstand stage
2 p.m., Old-fashioned Games, southeast corner of Square
2:30 p.m. , Bank Robbery Re-enactment, southwest corner of Square, sponsored by Richmond Farm and Lawn
3 p.m. – Old-fashioned Games, southeast corner of Square
3:30 p.m. , The Music of David Knopf, stage
4 p.m. – Free Wild West Movie Showing, Farris Theatre
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Kansas City bluegrass band Hootin’ Annies, stage, sponsored by Reece & Nichols Williams & Associates
7 p.m. – BMA blues singer Samantha Fish with Justin Andrew Murray Band, stage, sponsored by Jerry Penniston Repair
7 p.m. – Beer and Wine Garden Opens, northeast corner of Square, sponsored by Hometown Pizza
7 p.m. –Children’s movie, $5, Farris Theatre
Midnight – Festival Ends