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Cowboy Festival offers glimpse into days of the Old West

Posted: February 26, 2010 12:01 p.m.
Updated: February 26, 2010 7:00 p.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita's 2010 Cowboy Festival is just around the corner, with expanded kids and multicultural activities designed to give visitors a first-hand account of the real Old West, set against the picturesque backdrop of Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio on April 24 and 25, 2010.

Round up the kids at the 2010 Cowboy Festival and head over to Sky Shiver's "Edutainment" Area where little cowpokes will learn to make a real Cowboy Lasso or rope a steer from the back of an almost real horse.

The Pioneer Living Exhibit will also set up shop at the Cowboy Festival teach kids how to pan for gold, spin wool, and re-live the old days just like children of the West.

A popular children's event returning to the Cowboy Festival in 2010 is the Buckaroo Book Shop, which allows guests to browse book titles for the whole family and meet the authors who wrote them.

The shop will also host Buckaroo Story Time, featuring authors like Janet Squires, Peggy Sundberg and more as they read their own books aloud to festival guests.

"The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is an important local tradition, and a host of authentic activities are in store to bring the real cowboy experience to life," said Mayor Laurene Weste. "From exciting multicultural performances to interactive activities for kids, the 2010 event will offer something for everyone to enjoy."

A host of multicultural performers will be on hand at the 2010 Cowboy Festival, including one of the most popular returning attractions - the New Buffalo Soldiers. This authentic encampment featured right on Melody Ranch's Main Street provides festival-goers the rare opportunity to view and discuss life as an African American soldier in the 1800s.

The Cowboy Festival will highlight Native American culture with Antonio Mendoza, who will demonstrate Native American rug weaving, and performances by the Eagle Spirit Dancers and the Wild Horse Singers and Dancers, who will provide festival attendees with the exciting opportunity to participate in authentic Native American pow-wows.

The Mariachi Alma de Mexico and Ballet Folklorico dancers will celebrate Mexican culture through dance and song, while the Rodriguez and Solis Charro Group demonstrates the traditions of the Mexican Vaquero.

Tickets for the 2010 Cowboy Festival are currently available by phone at (661) 286-4021, fax at (661) 284-1410 or online at cowboyfestival.org.

Daily General Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for kids age 3-11. Children under 3 years of age will receive a one-day admission to Melody Ranch free of charge.

A Two-Day Weekend Pass is available at $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under, and the Friends of the Festival Weekend Package is available for $150 to a limited number of guests looking for an exclusive Melody Ranch Experience.

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