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Showdown at Sunset

In 1902 in broad daylight on the courthouse square of El Dorado, city Marshal Guy Tucker confronted his bitter rivals, the Parnell Brothers.  In one swift moment, a flurry of gunfire left three men dead and several others wounded.  Witness the historic re-enactment of the infamous Parnell-Tucker gunfight during Showdown at Sunset, which occurs on the last Saturday of each month during the summer and beginning in June at the El Dorado Courthouse (101 N. Washington St.). This award-winningevent was named one of the Top-100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association and received the Community Trademark Award by the Arkansas Festival & Event Association. 

The re-enactment supports a cast of area actors and chronicles the events that led up to this historic event. Characters include: City Marshal Guy Tucker, grandfather to former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker; store owner Tom Parnell; brother Matt Parnell; photographer Bob Mullens; Sheriff Norris and others. This historic portrayal of life in El Dorado in the early 1900s includes live music prior to the re-enactment.  

Entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m. with the re-enactment starting at 6:30 pm. Each event has lead-in entertainment. Showdown at Sunset is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Group seating is also available and each person attending receives a free Showdown at Sunset souvenir program and trading card. Horse and carriage rides will be available starting at 5:00 pm as well.

Showdown at Sunset 2017 Dates:
June 24
July 22
August 26

Main Street El Dorado
Contact: Beth Brumley, Executive Director
101 W. Main St.
El Dorado, Ar  71730
Phone: (870) 862-4747 
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