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Western Days in Old Town Temecula Coming May 19 & 20
Get ready to step back in time and experience the excitement of the Old West during Western Days in Old Town Temecula. An annual tradition since 1968, the lively two-day celebration is set for May 19 and 20 from 11am-5pm.
Expect hundreds of people to be coming into town next month for the popular festival. Western Days will offer events for all ages, including Old West skits, free pony rides, a petting zoo, calf roping demonstrations, and a chili cook-off. At high noon on both days the Old Town Temecula Gun Fighters will delight the crowds with a comical bank robbery and shoot-out featuring dozens of actors at The Bank Restaurant.
Live western music throughout the weekend adds to the festivity. Performing on Saturday is Older than Dirt, a local band of seniors averaging 75 years of age. The band will play a mix of traditional western, country and bluegrass music from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday will feature the Judy Taylor trio playing country and western music, also from 12:30 to 3:30pm. Taylor entertains the crowd with trick roping while yodeling. Banjo player Captain Billy will also roam around town playing during the celebration.
The chili cook-off, both an ICS regional qualifier and People’s Choice event, is Sunday with tasting from 11am – 3pm, or until the chili is gone. Awards are at 4:30pm.
Public parking for Western Days is free, although living so close to Old Town residents of our Temecula apartments may prefer to walk. A Farmer’s Market will also be open until noon Saturday at Sixth and Front Street, so you may want to go early.
For more information about the weekend events, visit www.temeculacalifornia.com.