Many traditions, one community celebrated at inaugural ‘Western Cultural Heritage Day’

TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Museum is proud to host the first Western Cultural Heritage Day Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sam Hicks Monument Park in Old Town Temecula. The theme for this one-day event is “Many Traditions, One Community.” This annual event seeks to spotlight the many cultures that make up the modern-day community of Temecula against the backdrop of our city’s western history.

Western Cultural Heritage Day begins with a bang as the popular Old Town Temecula Gunfighters will perform their award-winning western reenactments. At 10 a.m., the Temecula Wine Country Cowgirl Color Guard will present the American flag and Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards will sing the national anthem. Live music performances throughout the day include, old-time crabgrass music by Frank Matthis and The Blacksmith Boys; country-rock musicians, Nitro Express; Judy Taylor’s Wild Oaks & Wild West Show; and incredible Blues guitarist, Bill Magee. Cultural dance performances include: the Temecula Valley Grape Stompers; Ballet Folklorico; and Puahi’s Polynesian Dance Company. Living history performances are presented by Code of the West and there will be several performances by the gunfighters.

In addition, youngsters can try their hand at panning for gold with the Temecula Valley Prospectors; enjoy a Temecula history puppet show thanks to Queensbury Puppets; take a pony ride provided by Nikki’s Ponies; or ride on an old-fashioned horse drawn wagon courtesy of Temecula Carriage Company. Live demonstrations throughout the day will feature an equine display by Rancho California Horsemen’s Association, blacksmithing, weaving, laundry and old-fashioned candle dipping.

Hours of fun, hands-on activities for children will be offered by these generous nonprofit vendors: Temecula Valley Historical Society; Vail Ranch Restoration Association; Temecula’s Sister Cities in Japan and the Netherlands; Fallbrook Historical Society; Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum; Sunrise Rotary; and the Ronald H. Roberts Library. Upon successful completion of all the activities, each child will receive a prize from the Old West “Mercantile Store” thanks to the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club. Other vendors providing items for purchase include: Cherokee Creek Native American Art; RT Traders; and Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Snacks and cookies from various cultures will also be on sale.

Come experience the past and present cultures of the Temecula Valley. Guests are invited to share their own cultural heritage by wearing traditional clothing which reflects their cultures. A free shuttle bus from the Old Town Parking Garage (28690 Mercedes) to Sam Hicks Monument Park (28300 Mercedes) will be provided due to limited parking.

For more information on this event, please call the Temecula Valley Museum at (951) 694-6450.

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