The annual Frontier Days weekend begins today and is expected to feature "all kinds of entertainment."
This year's festival will also include several special events commemorating the 40th anniversary of Frontier Days.
Frontier Days Chairman Kerk Friday said that includes one that honors past parade marshals.
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Dr. John Bonner, portraying a 19th-century surgeon for the Ghost Garrison, shows a blood-letting device during the 2013 Frontier Days celebration.
"Instead of one, we're bringing back all the parade marshals from the past 40 years," Friday said. "We're just bringing back a lot of the things from the past 40 years."
The gates open at noon today, with the opening ceremony starting at 4 p.m.
"There will be plenty of food and vendors," he said. "The Ghost Garrison will be there, and we'll have inflatables for the kids and pony rides. Of course, the Buckskinners will be there."
Noon: Gates open
Noon to 8 p.m.: Buckskinner camps, inflatables, food and craft vendors; Fort Museum and stores open.
1 to 4 p.m.: Karaoke
3 to 8 p.m.: Frontier Days booth open
4 p.m.: Opening ceremony
6 to 10 p.m.: The Runway Reunion
7 to 11 p.m.: The Jay Clyde Band
He added that there will be "bands galore" with seven scheduled to perform, as well as "all kinds of entertainment."
There will also be a karaoke contest, which will be held today from 1 to 4 p.m.
Frontier Days will continue Saturday with a parade down Central Avenue.
"It should be a great crowd," Friday said. "It's lining up to be a huge parade this year, and it should be really good."
Frontier Days will conclude Sunday with events from 10 a.m. until the closing at 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 and comes with a wristband.
With the wristband, Friday said, "you get three days of entertainment."
He added that he's hoping for no rain and expects it to be a good year.
"We'd love to see everybody out there and have the community's support," he said. "It should be a blast."