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Wranglers to rope in dinner show diners at Caverns

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Joe Stephenson plays the fiddle with the Colorado Wranglers Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Stephenson, Vern Thomson and Scotty Vaughn will perform their western musical comedy show four days a week at the Caverns beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Ring the dinner bell.A chuckwagon dinner – with entertainment by the Colorado Wranglers – will soon be served at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.Starting Memorial Day weekend, the Caverns will host dinner shows, featuring cowboy music and comedy routines, by a trio who performed at the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs for more than 73 years, collectively.

“We’re so happy to be in Glenwood Springs. We started in Colorado Springs back when it was a real-live, mom-and-pop tourist town,” said Vern Thomson, guitar player and singer with the Colorado Wranglers, formerly the Flying W Wranglers, who will perform four nights a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. “We’re glad to get back to the real public. We are definitely Coloradans, and our wives are from Colorado. We couldn’t blow our wives out of Colorado with a stick of dynamite.”Rather than retire from the business that has drawn thousands to their shows and helped Thomson, stand-up bassist Scotty Vaughn and fiddler Joe Stephenson play the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, the trio chose to slow down in Glenwood Springs. The musicians were looking for an opportunity to travel more and play less than seven days a week.Thomson said the trio decided to leave the Flying W in August. They met up with Caverns general manager Russell Disberger – who saw a Flying W Wranglers’ show in Colby, Kansas, when he was a kid – at a recent performance. The four men got to talking and came up with a plan for the country western musicians to play four nights a week atop Iron Mountain.”Once you’ve seen the Wranglers perform, you’re a fan for life,” said Steve Beckley, owner of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife, Jeanne. “They put on an incredible show that’s suitable for the whole family. It’s going to be a great way to wrap up a day on the mountain.”

The Wranglers said they are excited to perform at the Caverns’ outdoor venue, even after playing big city affairs.”We got the chance to do Carnegie Hall last year and it was full,” said Vaughn, a giant of a man who is popular with fans for dressing up in a squirrel costume when the band performs its “Mississippi Squirrel Revival.” “We finally go to to Carnegie Hall and people said ‘Do the squirrel, do the squirrel.’ It was pretty embarrassing.”The Wranglers’ family-friendly dinner show will run Wednesday through Saturday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The chuckwagon supper will include choice of brisket, chicken or steak, plus baked potatoes, salad, rolls and cowboy-style baked beans, all served on tin plates. Prices will range from $24.95 to $29.95 for adults, $22.95 to $27.95 for seniors 65 and over, and $15.95 to $20.95 for kids 12 and younger. Kids two and younger eat for free. Annual pass members will receive a 20 percent discount, and special pricing will be available for groups.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

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