The sights and sounds of the Old West came alive last weekend at Dow James Park in Tooele for the 25th Annual American Heritage Festival.
Chairman Blair Hope said several people enjoyed the three-day event which included a mountain man rendezvous, black powder fun shoot and Native American Powwow.
Traders and visitors came from throughout Utah with some coming from Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho.
Traders were dressed in pre-1840 attire, and events included a primitive dress contest, knife and hawk throw, Dutch Oven cookoff, kids games, frying pan toss, archery and black powder shoot.
The PANDOS organization presented the second annual “Defend the Sacred” powwow on Friday and Saturday.
“We were pleased with how our second year went. It was nice for Mayor Debbie Winn to come down and hand out gifts to our tiny tots age 6 and under,” said David John, arena director. “We heard good responses and there was interest in the powwow.”
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.
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