CELEBRATE JOHN WAYNE DAY ON MAY 26 WITH A DAY FULL OF ACTIVITIES
AT JOHN WAYNE: AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
John Wayne is an American icon, going beyond his on-screen presence and extending to the values and ideals he symbolized and communicated throughout his life. His legend is celebrated on John Wayne Day, which takes place each year on The Duke’s birthday, May 26. This year marks the 115th anniversary of Wayne’s birth, and the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit in the Fort Worth Stockyards will host a celebration with several free activities throughout the day.
Activities, most of which take place inside the flagship John Wayne Stock & Supply store, include:
Coffee tasting with Gold Handle Coffee from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Gold Handle Coffee’s moniker commemorates the traditional gold-handled coffee mugs that John Wayne had produced for the cast and crew of each of his films.
Armadillo races from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Duke Spirits tasting from noon to 4 p.m. The premium whiskey and tequila lines were crafted based upon notes and samples left behind by Wayne and uncovered by his family members. Sales of Duke Spirits benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.
Cake cutting to celebrate John Wayne’s birthday with members of the Wayne family at 12:45 p.m.
Meet and greet with the Wayne family from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, members of the Wayne family will sign books purchased at John Wayne Stock & Supply.
Meet and greet with custom metal artist Jimmy Don, best known from HGTV’s Fixer Upper, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Other patrons that don't visit the museum first will have to purchase at least two items to enjoy the movies for free.
5pm: THE GREEN BERETS
8pm: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE