The Festival will once again be at the
Whispering Woods Hotel
7300 Hacks Cross Road
Olive Branch, MS 98654
The Hotel is now open for reservations.
The grandson of Joel McCrea and his actress wife Frances Dee, Wyatt is the founder and Board President of the Joel & Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation. He's a producer & actor in television and films such as SOD AND STUBBLE, THE CONTESTED PLAINS, and the award-winning documentary FLOATING HORSES - THE LIFE OF CASEY TIBBS
Keith is the founding member of the Grammy®-nominated ACM® & AMA® award-winning group TRICK PONY. Not only a singer but a prolific song-writer, Keith has written several top-10 songs for Trick Pony and Joe Diffie. He has now branched out into acting with appearances in POKER RUN and STAND ON IT.
Don is best known as Ralph in the long running TV series HAPPY DAYS. Recently, Don was seen on GLEE. His directing credits include MOOLA which won Outstanding Achievement in Directing at The Newport Beach Film Festival. He also performs in his own music show.
Tony was drafted twice by Major League Baseball — Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners and also played in the minors. He later went on to do television and print ads. He and his wife, Meghan, live in Atlanta. He is the son of Rod Cameron who was a top Box Office Star in the 50s, then starred in several TV series.
Patrick is best known for his portrayal of Bobby Ewing in DALLAS. He is also known for his popular sitcom STEP BY STEP with Suzanne Somers and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL as Stephen Logan. He and his partner, Linda Purl, have a sourdough company – Duffy's Dough.
Singer/Actress Linda Purl was raised in Japan, and trained at the Toho Geino Academy. When she returned to the U.S. she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and, later, with Robert Lewis. Her many credits include MATLOCK, HAPPY DAYS, MURDER SHE WROTE, THE OFFICE, and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG.
Greg has enjoyed success as an actor, singer, songwriter and musician. He is known around the world best for his character portrayals of B.J. McKay on the hit television series B.J. AND THE BEAR and Joey Harris in MY TWO DADS. Evigan sang the opening theme on both series. He is also known for TEKWAR and MASQUE.
Born in Santa Monica, Darby started his long acting career at the tender age of 6 months old and he hasn't stopped since. His first appearance was on 'Play House 90' followed by commercials and many of the classic TV shows . He is best known for playing Israel Boone—Fess Parker's son, Israel, on THE DANIEL BOONE SHOW.
Richard “Diamond” Farnsworth is an Emmy® nominated stunt coordinator who has worked on some of the most well known movies and television shows including, FIRST BLOOD, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE TERMINATOR, and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and is currently stunt coordinator on NCIS.
A National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum "Hall of Great Western Performers" Inductee, and Multi-Western Heritage Award Winner—known most recently for roles in the critically acclaimed movie HELL OR HIGH WATER (2016), TRUCE (2005), and most notably for his work on GUNSMOKE. Buck is a great American artist.
Having begun his professional acting career at age 10, Mitch is widely known for his role as the red-headed orphan, Jamie Hunter-Cartwright on the NBC western series BONANZA, as well as for his feature film roles: YOURS, MINE, AND OURS with Lucile Ball and Henry Fonda and in THE REIVERS with Steve McQueen.
The son of John Wayne, Patrick followed in his father's footsteps and made his screen debut in 1950 with his father in RIO GRANDE. He appeared in 10 more films with his father including BIG JAKE. He also had lead roles in such popular matinee fare as THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT, and in SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER.
Our festival is committed to providing a place where fans can meet and hear from the actors, directors, stunt people and more who have provided us with years of enjoyment through movies and television.
Our festival dates back to 1972 and is constantly evolving. It was started by Packy Smith, Mitch Schaperkotter, Wayne Lackey and Tommy Floyd as a place for western film collectors to gather in Memphis, TN. That first gathering featured Sunset Carson, Lash LaRue, Don "Red" Barry, Max Terhune and Russell Hayden. In 2004 Ray Nielsen took up the reins as Festival Director and since then has continued to enlist the expertise of the many capable and dedicated volunteers who help make our festival the success it is.
Celebrities appear on panels each day and are involved
in Q&A sessions. They spend time daily in the Dealers' Room where attendees can speak with them and obtain
personally autographed photos.
There are dozens of dealers with movie and TV memorabilia
of all types including DVDs, toys and collectibles.
Throughout the festival we hold a variety of other events
that may include auctions, a radio show recreation,
trivia contest. Be sure to attend the celebrity banquet
on Saturday evening.