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‘Virtual’ lead to fly as gunfighters gatherMore than a dozen Old West re-enactment groups from as far away as Colorado and Oklahoma will ride into historic Yuma, Arizona for a showdown at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park Jan. 14-15. But what will fly at the 14th Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters isn’t really hot lead — it’s fightin’ words and old-school acting from folks portraying outlaws, lawmen, saloon gals and a veritable cornucopia of disreputable characters. For spectators, the fun is seeing Western lore unfold in person with lots of shoutin’ and shootin’ — and no doubt, some prolonged and dramatic deaths. The admission price — $7 for those 14 and older, $2 for kids age 7-13, free for ages 6 and younger — includes the re-enactment competition and full access to the prison, along with vittles, libations and Western vendors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. (http://www.yumaheritage.com)