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Roundup of music, films, cowboy poets at Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Cowboys, crooners and ropers to appear at the expanded Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival this week

Cowboys will be in the building and on the streets when the 22nd Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival comes to Newhall starting Wednesday. The festival has expanded to seven venues that will host cowboy poets, Western singers, trick ropers and Old West events through Sunday.

During the festival, stuntman Diamond Farnsworth (he's Mark Harmon's double on the TV show "NCIS"), who has performed in many Western films and TV shows, will become the latest name added to the city's Walk of Western Stars.

Farnsworth will be honored with a tile at 7 p.m. Thursday on Main Street in Old Town Newhall. The walk started in 1981 and its first honorees were movie cowboys Tom Mix, Gene Autry and William S. Hart, who lived in the area.

Highlights include film site tours offered Thursday and Friday ($40 for tickets), and performances by cowboy poets such as Waddie Mitchell and Western guitarist Don Edwards at the Canyon Theatre Guild on Saturday ($20 to $30 per performance).

Visitors can spend an evening with Buffalo Bill at the William S. Hart Mansion on Saturday night too ($40).

And there are old Westerns being screened, including the 1953 film "Suddenly" starring Frank Sinatra. The movie, shot in Saugus and Old Town Newhall, will be shown Friday night and costs $10.

The outdoor festival runs 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at William S. Hart Park and features 15 bands on four stages, living history characters, booths selling Western gear and food, and more. It costs  $10 for adults and $7 for children.

Info: Check out a full schedule of events at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival website.

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