PHOTOS: Cowboy Festival draws Wild West, film fanatics

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Once a year, Wild West fanatics have the chance to see the sets where films like Django Unchained were shot.

This weekend Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios put on the 20th annual Cowboy Festival along Main Street, a fictitious Western town tucked inside a residential neighborhood near Newhall.

Attendees sporting leather boots and felt hats walked along dirt roads listening to live country music and shopping for Western attire. Occasionally, festival-goers were roped in by cowboys like 77-year-old Jim Downsley, who learned to rope when he was nine years old.

Most recently, HBO's Deadwood was shot at the studio. Melody Ranch is full of history in the Western film industry. Actors like John Wayne, Gene Autry, Clint Eastwood, and Gregory Peck have worked there.

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