The City will kick off the Festival with the Cowboy Couture event on April 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse. Local celebrities will model high-end western fashions in a fun, choreographed show that will delight and entertain. On Thursday, April 27 the Art of the Chuckwagon will be held at Heritage Junction. Attendees can learn how to prepare an entire meal, chuck wagon style. On Friday, April 28, the Walk of Western Stars gala will be held at the Valencia Hyatt Grand Ballroom.
This annual tribute to western heroes of the silver screen will include a first-class meal and entertainment will be provided by R.W. Hampton and the Quebe Sisters Band. Don’t miss the sidewalk dedication earlier that afternoon on the streets of Old Town Newhall! On Saturday and Sunday, Melody Ranch will host the two-day Cowboy Festival, featuring live entertainment on three stages, including the California Music Stage, the Dodge House Stage and the Melody Ranch stage.
This year’s entertainers include some of the country’s best western entertainers. Crowd favorites Sourdough Slim, Sky Shivers, Waddie Mitchell, and Chris Issacs, will mesmerize audiences with their signature cowboy poetry. Singers Don Edwards, Lorraine Rawls, Stephanie Davis, and RW Hampton will fill guests ears with the sweet sounds of the west.
John Chandler is not only a cowboy crooner, but writes western novels as well! Brenn Hill’s songs have been called some of the best in the western genre and the young Quebe Sisters band will wow crowds will their intricate harmonies and skilled musicianship. The features performers are rounded out by the Sons of the San Joaquin, Syd Masters & the Swing Riders, Back at the Ranch, and the Lucky Stars.
Other Festival events include a behind the scenes tour of Melody Ranch, an Afternoon with the Earps, An Evening of Music at Hart Mansion with the Sons of the San Joaquin, the Carousel Ranch Benefit Trail Ride, plus the Spaghetti Western Family Dinner Train, Women Artists of the West, the Legacy of Violence in Western Song and, at the Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse, guests can enjoy live theatre with the popular western musical Oklahoma!
This is more than just a few days of cowboy dress up and music. The Cowboy Festival is a celebration of our heritage and of our City and we genuinely hope that everyone will come out for all the exciting events we have planned.”