by LeeAnn
(Dodge City, KS USA)

Festus had a quirky lovable way about him that drew me in from the first moment I saw and heard him. He didn't have that "like everyone else" quality everyone seemed to strive for. He was definitely a one-of-a-kind character!!

From that squint in his eye, to the comical way he talked - mixing truth-isms into his own way of speaking, to the genuine tenderness underneath it all (if you looked real close), Festus captured my heart.

While Matt, Miss Kitty, Doc, and the rest carried on in a fairly predictable manner, Festus left me wanting to see what he was going to come up with next. Ruth was a genius idea for his sidekick, too! What one of us hasn't been that close to our animals?

Yes, by far, Fstus captured my heart and the hearts of Gunsmoke fans forever!!!

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