Pella is known for its Dutch heritage, but it was also home to one of the most infamous figures of the Old West - Wyatt Earp!
Each September, Pella Historical Museums honors the life and times of Wyatt and his family with a fall celebration. Wyatt Earp Days are fun for the whole family where you can enjoy artisans sharing their crafts, tasty treats, old-fashioned music and magic, street theatre, and more!
Wyatt Earp Days
Stay tuned for information on Wyatt Earp Days in 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Pella Historical Museums throw 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, still in its original location. The home is open to museum visitors to take a self-guided audio tour of the Wyatt Earp Experience.
When and where are Wyatt Earp Days held?
Wyatt Earp Days are in the Historical Village, located at 507 Franklin Street, in late September of each year.
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.
Will you still be holding Fall Festival?
Wyatt Earp Days has taken the place of Fall Festival, but we still have all the activities that make the festival fun! Our talented artisans are around during Wyatt Earp Days 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!