Roy Rogers Festival

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- For more than 25 years, western fans have been coming out dressed in their best cowboy and cowgirl apparel to the Roy Rogers festival in Portsmouth.

The actor passed away in 1998, but the Scioto County native's movie career is still highly admired.

The festival took place this weekend at the Ramada Inn in Portsmouth, where memorabilia of the actor’s films and shows were on display.

As part of the festivities, some local actors put on a gunslinger sketch, using real guns loaded with blanks.

The troupe has been performing western skits since 1969. Members say they’re deeply proud that Rogers is from Scioto County.

"He grew up around Portsmouth,” Dave Picklesimer said. “Let's face it, in his day Roy Rogers was the greatest. He looked and played the part and showed everybody that there's a right and wrong way."

TV stars James Drury and Gary Lockwood were special guests at Saturday night’s festival banquet.

Organizers say next year's Roy Rogers Fest will be the biggest one yet because it would have been the actor's hundredth birthday.

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