A historical look at Temecula’s past during annual Western Days, May 17-18

TEMECULA – Temecula’s western roots are revisited during Western Days, May 17-18, with old west skits, high noon shootouts, western music, a chili cookoff, pony rides, wood carvers, and an old time banjo man.

Old Town Temecula’s Gun Fighters will host the old west skits and gunfights both days at 4th and Old Town Front Street. At high noon both days the Temecula Gunfighters treat the crowd to a comical bank robbery at the corner of Front and Main Streets featuring dozens of bad guys in a final shoot out with the sheriff and his posse.

Temecula Valley Museum will have two days of exhibits and entertainment during Western Days. Saturday and Sunday feature two special exhibits – Temecula History: A Third Grade Perspective and Western Photography by Miley.

Saturday’s demonstrations include a living history performance titled “Notable Women of Temecula” from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and spinning and weaving demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Musical entertainment includes Judy Taylor and her all-girl band The Wild Oats at the Sam Hicks Park Gazebo, Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Los Californios performing old California music in the Sam Hicks’s Monument Park Gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Pony rides will also be offered near Town Square Park both Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for a small fee. Temecula’s Woodcarvers will have their craft on display near Rosa’s Cantina.

Captain Billy from Theater-16 will roam about town with his 5-string banjo plunky, plunking away on Sunday, May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Greenhorns can learn calf roping lessons with Jim Brooks crew while his band plays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days.

They’ll be roping their sawhorse calves at the Main Street parking lot near Town Square Park.

Sunday’s Chili Cookoff is an ICS regional qualifier plus People’s Choice event. Tastings are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until all chili is gone. Awards are at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Old Town Temecula features over 100 antique stores, boutiques, and curio shops in a charming Old West setting. Arrive early Saturday to take in the Farmer’s Market held at Sixth and Front Street. The market is open until


Public parking is free. For more information call (951) 678-1456 or visit the website at www.temeculaevents.org. Chili cookoff applications can be downloaded at www.temeculacalifornia.com.

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