They'll be looking for a good time and the Wooden Nickel Gang
Posse, Gang heading out
Westsiders can expect to hear the pop of six-shooters and the boom of shotguns beginning Friday night when the Oildorado posse and Wooden Nickel Gang officially hit the streets in preparation for Oildorado Days.
The bullets and shotgun shells are blanks, of course.
It’s all part of the fun of Taft’s 100th birthday celebration that runs from Oct. 15-24.
“We’ll be roaming the streets beginning Friday to get people accustomed to the sight and sound of the Posse and Wooden Nickel Gang,” said Oildorado Sheriff Billy White.
Oildorado officials, accompanied by members of the posse, Wooden Nickel Gang and Maids of Petroleum, made appearances Tuesday at the Kern County Board of Supervisors and Taft City Council meetings to receive proclamations and promote the town’s birthday bash.
The Posse and Gang will hit the streets beginning at 5 p.m. every day – except Sunday – beginning tonight. They’ll be on the streets until 8:30 or 9:30.
The Posse will be serving “arrest warrants” sworn out by citizens while the Wooden Nickel Gang will be “kidnapping” folks.
But if you want to have someone pocketed by the posse or grabbed up by the Gang, it’ll cost you.
Warrants and kidnap requests can be purchased at the Oildorado store at Fifth and Main streets for 15 bucks. If you want the “deluxe” treatment, which includes a badge, you’ll have to fork over 25.
The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The schedule for the Posse:
Today and Saturday – 5-9:30 p.m.
Next week – Monday through Thursday 5-8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-9 p.m.
Week of Oct. 4-9 – Monday through Thursday 5-9 p.m.; Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m.
Week of Oct. 11-17 – Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 2:30-5 and 7-9; Saturday noon-4; Sunday 1-4
Week of Oct. 18-24 – Monday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.