A preview of Calamity Jane Days in Princeton September 16

Calamity Jane Days

Calamity Jane Days at Princeton starts September 16th and ends on the 18th with a theme, this year being ‘Old Time Calamity Jane.’  Organizers hope to bring back the good old days by encouraging folks to wear clothing worn in those days more than 150 years ago.

Friday includes a tractor cruise involving more than 50 tractors traveling in Mercer County.

That evening as the tractors cruise to town, a meal is planned by the Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to the meal; eat and pay what you want.

Saturday, September 17th, events begin as early as 7 AM. These include the Rotary Clubs’ breakfast, a baby show, a pie and cookie contest, horseshoe pitching, music by the Ambassadors’ Old Time Band  and others; craft and vendor displays, a shootout gang, a melodrama, concerts by several area bands and the traditional 1:00 PM parade.

Calamity Jane Days festival on September 18th includes the antique car show.

Princeton Chamber of Commerce, the Mercer County Library and Mercer County Genealogical Historical Society are sponsoring a Saturday morning event at the Cow Palace.  Professor Richard Etulain, an author who researched and wrote two books about Calamity Jane. He will provide a lecture that includes a brief biography of Martha Canary, akaCalamity Jane.

He’s also expected to offer his analysis of the origins and growth of her legends. The sources, captured by the professor reveal three versions of who Calamity Jane really was. Richard Etulain is a Professor Emeritus of History and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico.

He is the author or editor of more than fifty books.