15th annual cowboy festival rides back into town.
Tickets are now on sale for five days of cowboy culture and excitement! This year, the best performers in western entertainment will help celebrate the City of Santa Clarita’s 15th annual Cowboy Festival, April 23-27, 2008, with several events throughout the Santa Clarita Valley including: an intimate concert at William S. Hart Museum, the unveiling of a few new stars on the Walk of Western Stars, a lunch and show at an old California Rancho, and a themed dinner train.
Some events sell out, so buy your tickets early, to avoid being left out of this Santa Clarita tradition! A special two-day weekend pass is available and the City offers a limited number of “Friends of the Festival” packages, which includes admission to Melody Ranch for both Saturday and Sunday, preferred seating at all Melody Ranch Stage shows, all-weekend access to the Melody Ranch VIP Bunkhouse with catered food and beverages, and much more!
The main festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday when visitors are invited to Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, a real working movie ranch formerly owned by Gene Autry.
“At Melody Ranch the lines blur between modern day and a bygone era as patrons walk through an authentic Western movie set, enjoy performances from some of the most respected Cowboy musicians including Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joaquin, and the Quebe Sisters Band, and dine on Cowboy cuisine,” commented Mayor Bob Kellar.
Other 2008 headliners include: Waddie Mitchell, Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave, Cowbop, Gary McMahan, John Moore Band, Eli Barsi, Pat Richardson, Larry Maurice, Sons and Brothers Band, and the Hot Club of Cowtown.
And if you have always wanted to try your hand as a cowpoke, the festival will once again feature a living history, hands-on exhibit for children and adults.
The annual Cowboy Festival event is consistently recognized as one of the best in the world, taking visitors back in time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and cuisine of the American West.
Since 1994, the City has brought to life the music, magic, and spirit of the old west for the thousands who visit the festival each year. The festival’s western music, cowboy poetry, authentic cowboy gear and food, tours of Melody Ranch, and western art auctions are always well attended.
For more information on the 2008 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, including tickets, event times, prices, venues and more, visit www.cowboyfestival.org  or call the Cowboy Festival Ticket hotline at (661) 286-4021