The festival, with the theme "Wild, Wild Worst: Bad 'B' Westerns," is set for July 25 and 26 in the Wayne County town of Bicknell, on State Road 24 just west of Capitol Reef National Park.
The festival opens with a "Ride Off Into the Sunset" parade, which starts July 25 at 7 p.m. at the Chuckwagon Lodge and General Store in nearby Torrey. It's billed as the world's fastest parade, because the speed limit on the eight miles of State Road 24 between Torrey and Bicknell is 55 mph.
The opening-night film, set for 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Wayne Theatre in Bicknell, is the 1943 Western "The Outlaw." Directed by Howard Hughes (with an uncredited assist by Howard Hawks), the movie was best known for the controversy it incited over Hughes' lascivious photographing of star Jane Russell's ample bosom. The screening is followed by a "Party of the Stars" at Cafe Diablo in Torrey, with music by Sister Wives. July 26's events begin with a 9 a.m. swap meet at the Entrada Institute in Torrey. At noon is the Teasdale Volunteer Fire Department's annual Mutton & Taters Dutch Oven fundraiser at the Teasdale Fire Department Building. (Teasdale is just off State Road 24 between Bicknell and Torrey.)
A screening of "The Master Gunfighter," a 1975 Western written by and starring Tom Laughlin ("Billy Jack"), will screen at 2 p.m. at the Wayne Theatre.
The closing-night film, at 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Wayne Theatre, is the 1938 Western "The Terror of Tiny Town," famous for its all-dwarf cast riding Shetland ponies.
The festival ends with "It's a Wrap Party" at the Rim Rock Inn in Torrey.
Tickets are $8 for each movie, $15 for each party, or $50 for a Fast Pass that covers all events. Go to www.thebiff .org for more information.
- Sean P. Means