Don Edwards to be Inducted into the Walk of Western Stars 


The Walk of Western Stars is returning to Old Town Newhall on April 1, 2000 with the dedication of four new Saddle and Stars bronze and terrazzo plaques.  Last held in 1993, the Walk of Stars started in 1961 to recognize and honor legendary western stars from film, television, radio and stage who have at one time in their career, performed in Santa Clara.

This year's event is being held during the City's annual Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival to extend the celebration of the western lifestyle from Melody Ranch into the streets of Newhall.  In addition to the dedication of the plaques, many activities are being planned for the downtown Newhall area including walking tours highlighting buildings of historical significance, a movie memorabilia collector's show, live music, special western themed performances and a youth art project.  All of these activities will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2000 and will be free to the public. 

Three of the legends of the West to be honored on April 1st are Richard Farnsworth, Don Edwards, and Dale Evans.  Miss Evans is being honored with a special life time achievement award.  She was first inducted into The Walk of Western Stars in 1983.

Don Edwards, who recently played Smokey alongside Robert Redford in The Horse Whisperer, has performed to sold out audiences in all past six years of the City's Cowboy Festival.  A recipient of two prestigious Western Heritage Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Mr. Edwards' career as a balladeer, guitarist and composer has spanned over three decades, enriching audiences world wide with his authentic western music and his knowledge of cowboy lore. 

There will be a Tex-Mex dinner and awards ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2000 at the Hyatt Valencia to raise funds for the installation of the plaques.  Headlining the evening's entertainment are Don Edwards, New Mexico balladeer R.W. Hampton, Texas songbird Jill Jones, Nevada cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, Texan Rich O'Brien's Trio and Johnny Western, best known for writing the theme songs for "Have Gun Will Travel", "Bonanza", and "Johnny Yuma, The Rebel."

The Walk of Western Stars is co-sponsored by The City of Santa Clarita and The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.  For more information, please contact A. Walper at 661-286-4165. 

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