CELEBRATING 66 YEARS OF OUR COMMUNITY EVENT IN 2016!
May 22 – 30, 2016
Welcome to the Valley Center Western Days website – As part of the annual Valley Center Western Days community-wide celebration, we invite you to enjoy this family-friendly experience. The community of Valley Center wish to welcome you to our family-fun community event.
Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a week-long series of events including the Valley Center Days Parade, Stampede Festival, Stampede Rodeo, an evening musical performance, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” a new community picnic and so much more.
We hope you will take the time to learn more about this celebration, and then come enjoy the fun and meet some new friends. In addition to having a great time, you will be supporting the good work in our community as the event helps support the Valley Center community.
Schedule of events for the week-long celebration
Sunday, May 22
Vaqueros Old Timers Show (Star Valley Park)
Wednesday, May 25
Western Days Carnival -Library Centennial Celebration (VC Library)
Thursday, May 26
Valley Center Wars (Valley Center High School)
Friday, May 27
Stampede Rodeo (Community Hall)
Saturday, May 28
Valley Center Days Parade (Valley Center Road)
Rotary Pancake Breakfast (Old Town Centre)
Stampede Rodeo & Festival (Community Hall)
Sunday, May 29
Roping Competition (Community Hall)
Monday, May 30
Cattle Dog Competition (Community Hall)
April 28, 2016 – Valley Roadrunner purchases Valley Center Western Days trademark and donates to Valley Center History Museum to preserve and protect our community event. Both organizations agree to license naming rights to Valley Center Parks & Rec.Read announcement
Ridgeview Church assumes parade responsibility, changes event name.
March 09, 2016 – Ridgeview Church Pastor Bill Trok announced name change. Read announcement in our local media outlet and newspaper.
Rincon Tribe Saves Western Days Parade
March 3, 2016 – See announcement
Press Release from Ridgeview Church
January 28, 2016 – The Western Days Parade and its surrounding activities is about our past heritage, but more importantly, it’s about today. It’s a glance to the past, but it is also about….continue
Ridgeview Church to coordinate the Western Days Parade.
The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Ridgeview Church will organize and host the 2016 Western Days Parade. Bill Trok, Pastor of Ridgeview Church, said “we are excited to take this on and make sure this Valley Center tradition continues. As an announcer for the parade for years it just seemed a shame to see the tradition end, so we decided to do it.” If you have questions please call 760-751-9890 or email: WesternDaysParade@ridgeviewchurch.org. The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the volunteers and participants who made prior parades so successful and Ridgeview Church for coming forward to produce and host the 2016 parade.
History on Valley Center Western Days:
The event known today as Western Days has its origin in 1950 when the community staged a Country Fair. Here is a chronology of the event and its various names as they appear in the Western Days archive at the Valley Center Historical Society.
1950-1960 Valley Center Country Fair
1961 name change: Western Week (sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Vaqueros)
1963-1965 Western Days name is used for some events during Western Week.
1966 name change: Western Days Country Festival
1967 name change: Country Fair
1968 name change: Western Days
1970 The first parade was held
1971 First grand marshal
2002 Rodeo was added
2016 Parade name change: Valley Center Days