One of the more popular events during the Rodeo weekend is the Saturday train robbery enactment by the Western Iowa Border Agents (WIBA).
The WIBA will be dressed in appropriate 19th Century attire and using authentic period handguns, rifles and shotguns to fend of robbers who are intent on making off with stash of cash.
The WIBA belong to a national organization called National Congress of Old West Shootists.
The goals of the Western Iowa Boarder Agents include: provide a fun, family oriented activity of all ages and both genders; promote the safe use of firearms and preserve the history of the Old West.
The group, which draws participants from a wide area of Western Iowa, was originally formed as a shooting club and continues in this capacity.
Those not in the club are most likely familiar with the organization through the enactments, which combine the drama of an Old West shootout with some humor thrown in.
The train robbery will be staged at the caboose at the Cherokee Depot with bleachers set up for seating. The time of the robbery will be about 15 minutes after noon on Saturday, June 5. Also keep a lookout for the WIBA in the Cherokee Rodeo Parade at 4 p.m.
Rudy Daniels, a professor of history and an expert on 19th century railroading, will be in character as a train conductor as he introduces the enactment. Daniels will be available after the program to sign copies of his book, "Trains Across the Continent," Second Edition; and his new book, "Sioux City Railroads." Proceeds from sales of the books go to the Depot Renovation, Inc.
The train robbery is held in conjunction with a barbecue at the depot with depot volunteers fixing up the meal. The western cookout will be served between 11 a.m. and about 2 p.m. A meal includes the person's choice of a beef burger or two hot dogs, along with baked beans, chips, a bar and lemonade or coffee.
Proceeds go toward on-going rehabilitation of the historic Illinois Central Railroad Depot and Express Building on South 4th Street in Cherokee.