20th Annual Hopalong Cassidy Festival

POSTED BY: Ashley Drane
Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 02:16 PM
Hopalong Festival


Every year people come from all over the world meet in Cambridge to celebrate a local celebrity.

This weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the first Hopalong Cassidy Festival which honors actor William Boyd who was raised in Cambridge. He's most famous for his TV character Hopalong Cassidy who came to life in the 30's. Creator of the festival Laura Bates said some of the people that come have been to all 20.

"The fellowship that we developed is almost like a relationship you'd have with your brother or cousins and so they return every years just to see their friends." Bates said.

Some people come to collect items that bear Boyd's name but Bates said most come to see the stars.

"This year we have the cast of "The Virginian" and so they have been telling funny jokes and the stories and selling their dvd and autographs," Bates said.

One of the stars of the show James Drury said he's lucky to be at the festival with his costars.

"I'm getting calls from all over the world to do things and it's just amazing. I'm 76 years old and "The Virginian" has come to life again and I'm really happy to be here," Drury said.

The festival also has a cowboy look alike contest, lots of memorabilia, and a flee market.


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