Community Leaders Arrested in the Wild West

Arrests, fast-draw demonstrations, old-time cooking, pony rides and other activities brought the Wild West alive at Jim Miller Park on Saturday.

at on Saturday showcased cowboys and cowgirls, gunslingers, fast-draw demonstrations by RedDoc Entertainment and lasso lessons.

There were around one thousand people in attendance for the Wild West Fest, and the event is expected to raise between $17,000 and $19,000.

As part of the event, local celebrities agreed to be "arrested" and "raise bail" for the libraries. Mike Boyce, Tony Britton, Sheila Jones, Mark Mathews, Bob Ott, RJ Patel, Van Pearlberg, Woody Thompson and Bob Weatherfor were named this year's “bad guys” and put in jail at the event on Saturday.

They will continue to raise funds over the next couple of weeks, Mary Ellen Leffard, of the Cobb Library Foundation, said.

Attendance at the event was about three times what it was last year, Leffard said. 

"I like seeing the kids' faces that were lassoing and dancing in the center when the music was playing and watching their eyes lighting up and going wide when we had the magic show," Leffard said.

There were around 60 high school students from private and public schools in Cobb County who volunteered during the event. Sixty or 70 community people also volunteered their talents.

All proceeds are designated to fund programs and services of .

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