Gun-twirler in Tombstone

Gun-twirler Anny Barvinkova of the Czech Republic will perform her Western-themed act in Tombstone this weekend.

TOMBSTONE - A number of performers have taken center stage at the Old Tombstone Western Theme Park over the years, but owners Lee and Marla McKechnie say they have something special planned this weekend.

It was announced Tuesday that Anny Barvinkova will perform her Western Show at the Old Tombstone venue located at Fourth and Toughnut streets. Barvinkova’s show, which includes her father Monty, features knives, whips, and gun-twirling.

What makes this performance distinctive, says Marla McKechnie, is that Barvinkova is a 20-year-old female from a small town in the Czech Republic, nearly 2,000 miles from Tombstone.

“Having a woman, particularly a young woman, perform at this skill level is thrilling,” she said. “I think Anny will generate curiosity and excitement amongst the young people who see our show.”

Barvinkova plans to visit several states this month on her first trip to America but her Tombstone performances are the only ones currently planned.

“I want to come to Tombstone because of the history and from seeing the movies,” Barvinkova said. “I am excited to be there soon.”

Lee McKechnie knows a thing or two about gun-twirling, as the longtime actor-stuntman is often hired by movie producers for scenes which require skilled gun handling.

He’s also performed his gunfighter skit in Europe, so the opportunity to host Barvinkova is especially meaningful.

“I’m impressed by Anny’s talents and her enthusiasm,” he said. “We look forward to introducing her to America, our audiences, and the Tombstone community this weekend.”

Showtimes for Saturday and Sunday are posted at

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