Paula Saletnik, aka Pistol Packin’ Paula, is a professional gun twirler. Dressed in Western attire, she straps on two Cimarron .45-caliber revolvers, which is just one part of her act. She also cracks bullwhips and puts on a stunt show that was featured in the movie “The Adventures of Pepper and Paula” and on TV shows across the country. She tours the nation portraying Annie Oakley in special events and Wild West shows.
Saletnik is the only woman to have won the World Champion Gun Spinner title, which she has done twice. She was featured on “Texas Country Reporter” and in the Texas Co-op Power magazine and competed on Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent.”
“Paula is a delightful entertainer,” said Debbie Holloway, Legends of the Falls event coordinator and hayride moderator. “She is an absolutely exciting addition to our festival this year.”
Legends of the Falls takes people on a hayride through the history of Cottonwood Shores with stops at Fuchs Cemetery, a lakeside spot where a young Native American was murdered, and more. Riders also meet one of the men who ended up in the bottom of Dead Man’s Hole.
The festival is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, followed by live music from 6-8 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Hayrides depart on both days at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. It takes place at the Civic Center, 4111 Cottonwood Drive in Cottonwood Shores. Riders must be 9 years and older.
Festival activities and live music are free. Hayride tickets are $10 each and will be on sale starting Oct. 3. They can be purchased in person at City Hall, 3808 Cottonwood Drive, or on the Legends of the Falls event website, which is coming soon.