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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:06 pm

Dragoon: Garlic Festival

An Arizona destination you may recognize from TV’s “Hotel Impossible” plays host to this two-day celebration of the odorous bulb that banishes vampires and bolsters recipes.

The Triangle T, a 160-acre ranch given a crash course in creating a good guest experience by Travel Channel personality Anthony Melchiorri, is the site of the festival. Nearby RichCrest Farms supplies a variety of freshly harvested, Arizona-grown garlic and will roast elephant garlic on the spot.

Activities include a farmer’s market and craft fair, live music, a saloon, horseback riding, cooking demonstrations, a Wild West shootout, and kids’ attractions like face painting and balloon art.

The Triangle T was the site of famous Apache leader Cochise’s winter camp and the place where Japan’s ambassador (and his entourage) were interred after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Numerous films and TV shows, from the original “3:10 to Yuma” to “High Chaparral” have been filmed there, and famous guests include Gen. John J. Pershing, President John F. Kennedy and Johnny Cash.

Proceeds from the event benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Make-A-Wish of Arizona.

DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. Triangle T Historic Ranch and Retreat Center, 4190 Dragoon Road. Free admission. (520) 586-7533 or AzRetreatCenter.com.

Prescott: Shootout on Whiskey Row

The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies helm a gathering of award-winning Western re-enactment groups from across the West at this ninth annual event, where you’ll see historic skits and gunfights play out in the streets.

There’s also a period costume contest with authentic 1800s clothing and a host of vendors selling wares and good stuff to eat.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. Downtown at Goodwin and Montezuma streets. Free admission. (928) 308-4693 or PrescottRegulators.org.

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