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.


Can’t make one of the robbery/shoot-outs?

Watch LIVE the following two locations:

Bubba’s Ranch & Country Store: Thursday evening

Watch Live: Facebook.com/WesternDays

California Bank & Trust: Friday 5pm

Watch Live: Facebook.com/WesternDays

courtesy of the Valley Roadrunner and Valley Center TV


Can’t make the parade?  Watch the parade LIVE Saturday morning on:




courtesy of the Valley Roadrunner and Valley Center TV

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.


Gina Roberts honorary mayor, Justin Salter Roadrunner owner, and Earl Brown Valley Center History Museum president, display the document transferring the Western Days trademark to the museum.

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

2015 Western Days Carnival was added

2016 Parade name change: Valley Center Days