PHSM presents our first annual Wyatt Earp Days! Before the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp spent most of his childhood in Pella. Join us at the Historical Village as we celebrate with music, history, treats, and festivities!


Friday, September 24:

Admission (includes Vermeer Windmill tour):

Adults - $15; Students (5-18) - $10; Ages 4 & under - free

  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Artisans in the Historical Village


Saturday, September 25:

Admission: Historical Village Free; Windmill Tour $6

  • 9:00am-4:00pm: Artisans in the Historical Village

  • 10:00am: Mustache Contest - Three categories: Length, General Appearance, & Resemblance to Wyatt Earp

  • 10:30am: Professor Farquar & Polecat Annie's Medicine Show

  • 12:00pm: Historical Re-enactment Street Theater - "The Great Wooden Shoe Battle" (on Franklin Street in front of Earp House)

  • 1:30pm: Professor Farquar & Polecat Annie's Medicine Show



Why is Pella Historical Museums throwing a celebration for Wyatt Earp?

It may seem unbelievable, but Wyatt Earp actually grew up in Pella! He lived in Pella from 1850 to 1856, and then again from 1859 to 1864. In fact, during their last three years in Pella, the Earp family lived in a house that is now part of the Historical Village! After a multiple-year renovation, the house is now open to the public with a brand new exhibit all about Wyatt Earp.


Where are Wyatt Earp Days being held?

Wyatt Earp Days will be in the Historical Village, located at 507 Franklin Street. For Friday’s events, you will enter through the gift shop and pay regular admission. On Saturday, we will open the gates on Franklin Street for you to enter, and admission is free!


What is a Medicine Show?

Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie’s Medicine Show is full of mid-19th century music, folk magic, and peddling of their old-time elixirs and remedies - all for fun, of course. Medicine shows were touring acts that used music and magic to sell their “miracle cures,” and they were popular when Wyatt Earp was growing up.


How do I enter the Mustache Contest?

All you have to do is show up! The contest will be held behind the Earp House at 10am, so come a little early and listen for the announcement that the contest is beginning. We will have a panel of judges for each category - length, general appearance, and resemblance to Wyatt Earp. The winners from each category will receive a prize!


Will there be food?

We will be selling a few food items out of the Historical Village Bakery on Saturday only. Look for beef sticks, bologna on a stick, ice cold sarsaparilla, and more! We also hope to have a couple of additional vendors, so stay tuned.


Will you still be holding Fall Festival?

Wyatt Earp Days is taking the place of Fall Festival, but we will still have all the activities that make the festival fun! Our talented artisans will be around all of Friday and Saturday to demonstrate what life was like in the mid-1800s.


What about Duck Races?

We are looking forward to bringing the Duck Races to our Kermis celebration, held the first Saturday in August. Look out for more information on how to decorate and race your duck at Kermis next year!