In the spirit of family, community and spring, Vail Headquarters welcomed 3,000 guests to their first Spring Jamboree. Held April 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., local artists and vendors were scattered across the 4-acre grounds as they were greeted by the community.
“Our event is to give the children of our town a place to go with safe and fun activities for the spring break, Easter period,” Temecula Valley Historical Society President Rebecca Farnbach explained.
The new event was developed and hosted based on the success of Vail Headquarters’ Halloween Jamboree held in October. Rather than spread the event across two days as it was in October, this one day event brought twice the turn out from before. Beyond the weekly Sunday vendors and farmers market, the Jamboree offered a space for the co
mmunity to come together and visit local artisans selling their products.
The miniature train ride attracted many children and parents as they toured the grounds and enjoyed activities offered during the event. The Easter bunny train engineer gave out pinwheels for riders and whistles for a unique riding experience. After overlooking the historic buildings, children were invited to hunt for Easter eggs under piles of hay hanging buckets and virtually every corner of the farm space. Children were separated in small groups by age to ensure safety. While hectic, organizers were delighted about the number of Easter egg hunters and are anticipating an even larger turnout next year.
In addition, vendors passed out Easter eggs to children visiting their tents. The Temecula Valley Historical Society got involved and hosted a history hunt. Participants hunted for answers on the plaques posted on the property and upon return they were given a bag of candy. The interactive history lesson created more visitor participation and a scavenger hunt that was fun, yet educational, for the whole family.
Local Scouts assisted during the event by running the carnival games and bunny hop race stations. Cub Scouts, ages 6 to 11, and Boy Scouts, ages 11 to 18, passed out prizes to winners of their Easter inspired games as service to the community.
Colorful stations lined the paths with free craft stations for children to decorate bunny bags for collecting Easter eggs and an upcycled plant-your-own succulent station. Jennifer Garate, owner of The Milestone Tree guided families in their decorating process offering three succulents for $5.
Horse drawn hay wagon rides presented by the Temecula Carriage Company gave families the chance to take a ride through the property with a new perspective. Families also stopped by the spring themed board cut outs for a photo opportunity to conclude their Saturday at the historic Vail Headquarters.
Raffles for gift baskets on display from the businesses were held and while Spring Jamboree was a free event, any proceeds made during the event went toward the Temecula Valley Historic Society. The mission of the Society is to “identify, preserve and promote the historical legacy of the Temecula Valley and to educate the public about its historical significance.”
“Yesterday, we had third-graders from the Pechanga Reservation School and we provided education for them, so they know about our local history here,” Farnbach explained. “We also have three more school groups that are coming in May.”
Aiming to provide interactive activities to teach children of the local history, visitors learn about gardening, watch the resident Blacksmith in action and see similar activities, all which were highlighted during the Spring Jamboree.
Vail Ranch has been brought back to life by the Vail Ranch Restoration Association and its dedicated volunteers. The nonprofit’s goals coincide with the Temecula Valley Historical Society in that they aim to protect the history of Temecula and educate its residents. The Vail Ranch Restoration Association’s work has brought a new fervor to residents as they have the opportunity to learn about the local history and celebrate the season.