Tombstone at Twilight

Tombstone at Twilight, which features late hours for shops and performers in costume for visitors, returns this Saturday after a recent hiatus.

TOMBSTONE — After a brief hiatus, Tombstone at Twilight is returning to the town too tough to die.

On the fourth Saturday of the month, the town’s historic district will stay open during evening hours as an added attraction for visitors and tourists.

Twilight is a project of Tombstone Forward, a group of volunteers whose mission is to “market and promote Tombstone to a wider audience.” Visit Tombstone this Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and take in the shopping, dining, sidewalk sales and entertainment.

Shops along Allen Street will remain open while local townspeople dressed in authentic 1880s costumes stroll the boardwalk.

“This is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the town in the cool evening hours while experiencing our Old West ambiance,” said Sunny Quatchon, president of Tombstone Forward. “Some of the merchants in the town’s historic district asked that we bring this event back because of its popularity.”

Larry “Jericho” Putnam and his wife, Robin, own three businesses in the historic district.

“Organizers are planning an entertainment lineup into the evening so tourists can enjoy Tombstone’s magic in a family friendly environment,” said Larry Putnam, who chairs the Twilight committee.

“We’re going to have a cowboy quick-draw contest, Folkloric dancers, medicine show, the ever-popular Wild West Witches will be performing and much more,” he said. “When tourists visit Tombstone, they’re disappointed that the town shuts down at 5 p.m., so we’re offering them at least one evening a month where merchants stay open late and entertainment fills the town.”