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The Western Days Name Remains.

Thanks for taking our poll. The community spoke up and will continue to call the historical event, Valley Center Western Days. Organizations that coordinate specific events (Rodeo, Festival, Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Shoot-outs, Kick-off’s, etc.) can call their events whatever they wish. The Optimist Club of Valley Center will be coordinating two events during Western Days, the Rodeo and Festival (Booths at the Community Center). The Optimist Club chose to stay with the name “Stampede Rodeo”, and for the first time, the “Stampede Festival”.  The overall week-long group of festivities will remain to be known as WESTERN DAYS. Stay tuned for additional events to be added by the wonderful community organizations of Valley Center.

30 Day Poll Results: 94% “Keep The Name Valley Center Western Days” and 6% “Change The Name to Stampede” 

Thank you community for speaking up and saving our name!

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Ridgeview Church to coordinate the Western Days (not Stampede) 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.

*We are all very happy that Ridgeview will continue the historical Valley Center Western Days Parade…. 

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May 27 – 29, 2016

Welcome to the Valley Center Western Days website! As part of the annual Valley Center Western Days, 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 Western Days Parade, Festival, Stampede Rodeo, an evening musical performance, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” 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.

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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