Tombstone Vigilante Days February 18th and 19th 2023
Newly elected Assistant Chief of the Tombstone Vigilantes, Tammi Jo Wilkins, stopped by the studios to talk about Tombstone Vigilante Days happening on February 18th and 19th.
Who are the Tombstone Vigilantes, and what do you do?
Tammi Jo: We are one of the oldest reenactment nonprofit groups in the southwest. We are a 501C3, founded in 1946. We perform on the historic Allen St. In Tombstone, Arizona, twice monthly, which is usually the second and fourth Sundays, event weekends. The Tombstone Vigilantes raise money for the Tombstone small animal shelter, Tombstone food bank, Senior Center, and the Renaissance program at Tombstone High School.
Can anyone become a Tombstone Vigilante?
Tammi Jo: You can let anybody on the streets of Tombstone, who's with the vigilantes, know that you'd like to become a member, and we'll get you an application, take you through the process, get you a background check to make sure you can carry a firearm on the street and then we mentor and coach you through your first six months of being a member. You have to buy your own costumes. Everything that I wear I have purchased myself, and everybody likes to tease me because I probably don't wear the same thing twice all year because I have that much stuff now.
Tell us about Tombstone Vigilante Days.
Tammi Jo" It's our 75th anniversary doing the reenactments on the streets of Tombstone. Tombstone Vigilante days is February 18th and 19th on the street between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM daily with a variety of shows, not only from the vigilantes but from other gunfighter groups that come into the community The Wild West Witches, The Border Renegades, Salt River and then we have a special presentation by the mayor on Saturday at noon. There will be a special presentation on fast-draw action shooting with one of the vigilantes.
There are some raffles.
Tammi Jo: There's going to be a couple of raffles. We're going to have some baskets, and then we're going to have a matching set of 1851 Captain Shafer Black Powder Pistols (Pictured below). The drawing will be done at the first show in December, but we will be selling tickets, and you can get those tickets from anybody on the street.
Tombstone Vigilantes FACEBOOK
Tammi Jo: I would recommend everybody follow The Tombstone Vigilante Facebook page. We put all of our fun events and pictures of what we're doing and members of the community and businesses that we support all on that Facebook page. Please come down to celebrate 75 years of reenactments on the streets of Tombstone on February 18th and 19th