The Boot Hill Museum hosted its fourth annual Boots and Beer dinner, featuring food and beer pairings and a special visit by Gunsmoke's Buck Taylor.
Revelers in cowboy finery and wide-brim hats celebrated and supported Dodge City heritage with gourmet small plates and beer pairings at the fourth annual Boot Hill Museum "Boots and Beer" fundraiser Saturday.
"A lot of people do wine pairings," said museum director Lara Brehm. "We thought in this part of the country is made more sense to do it with beer."
Along with the dining, the Convention Center played host to a successful silent auction with goods as diverse as "go local" tourism packages, a roping saddle, a bar handmade by museum employees and a watercolor by artist and actor Buck Taylor from Gunsmoke, the long-running western television show set in Dodge City.
Taylor and his wife, Goldie, came to Dodge from their ranch in Texas to support the museum over the weekend culminating in the event at the Convention Center.
The painting, called "1,000 cattle running," fetched $3,100 for the museum. Among the other offerings, the cowboy bar pulled $2,000 and a whimsical metal cow planter netted another $1,200. The saddle nabbed a little over a grand.
The museum also raffled a Ruger six-gun with an extended barrel that would have made Wyatt Earp proud; the famed lawman and saloon owner was keener to bop miscreants (and out-of-line customers) on the head than to pull the trigger.
About 160 museum supporters attended the event, down from last year, but held up well against the busy weekend for cultural events.
"We're still happy," Brehm said.
On the menu was smoked brisket with grilled pineapple and Deschute's Black Butte Porter, jerk chicken with rice and vegetables paired with Budweiser's Mang-o-rita, beer cheese macaroni and cheese with Gutch English Style Mild Ale, shrimp scampi and Stella Artois Cidre.
The fundraiser is the biggest single fundraiser for the western heritage museum, bringing in between $30,000 and $40,000 per year at the cusp of the busy season.
"This one's important to us," Brehm said. Since it started, "We've been quite successful and have lots of great supporters."
"Just seeing the people supporting the museum is nice. They support us in a big way," Brehm said.
Soon, the museum will start its summer hours including the gunfights, the Longbranch Saloon variety show and nightly dinners, 100 of them through the season.
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