Los Alamos Valley Old Days Festival
Los Alamos, California, the historical, stagecoach route stop which continues to welcome off-ramp travelers with its elevated foodie offerings, veritable rainbow selection of wine and beer tasting options, and stylish lodging, celebrates its Old West background and allure with its annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days festival, this year running Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2019. The 2019 Los Alamos Valley Old Days theme, “Celebrating Old Days, Blazing New Trails”, will pave the way for spotlights on Los Alamos’ progression, and on the western-style town’s attractions and activities for all ages.
Overall Los Alamos Valley Old Days admission is free, with paid portions of the weekend benefitting a variety of local organizations and the all-volunteer, philanthropic Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club, which sponsors, coordinates and hosts the annual event. Visitors revel alongside Los Alamos residents as they honor, preserve and celebrate the town's authentic Western heritage. California Central Coast locals and tourists alike, will delight in the weekend’s mix of family-friendly and slightly more adult fun, with event highlights to include those listed below this press release.
Los Alamos is located at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Route 135 (Los Alamos’ main thoroughfare of Bell Street), just an hour north of Santa Barbara and 20 minutes south of Santa Maria, in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s ranch, farm and wine country.
The preliminary 2019 Los Alamos Valley Old Days event weekend schedule will soon be available online, at www.LAVMC.org; select weekend highlights are listed below this release.
More information about Los Alamos Valley Days, including brief histories of the Men’s Club, the event and the town, Car Show and Peddlers’ Mart applications and contact information, is also available at www.LAVMC.org. Questions, media requests for interviews and/or photos, may be directed to Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or [email protected]
About the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (“LAVMC”)
Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit group of men, women and families dedicated to preserving the town’s unique Western character and hospitality. LAVMC provides scholarships and funding to local students and organizations, and offers its Men’s Club facilities for event rental. LAVMC is supported by tax-deductible donations. Volunteers for Los Alamos Valley Old Days, and other LAVMC initiatives, are always welcome; please contact the LAVMC for more information. Sponsorship support for 2019 Old Days is being provided once again, by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley.
Los Alamos Valley Old Days 2019 – Preliminary
-- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 --
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Old Days Kick-off / Chili Cook-off Dinner and Silent Auction – Enjoy chili, corn bread and all the fixings as the Los Alamos Valley Old Days celebration begins. Local restaurants and Santa Ynez Valley chefs will compete. Tickets will be sold at the door. Full service bar opens at 5:00 PM; Silent Auction runs 5:00 PM-8:00 PM with a variety of prizes. All proceeds benefit local youth and families. Event is located at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street (corner of Centennial and Leslie Streets), in downtown Los Alamos.
-- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 -
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Old Days Classic Car Show – Featuring vintage, imports, hotrods, customs, race cars and motorcycles lining Bell Street (Hwy 135) in downtown Los Alamos. Information and entry forms may be found at www.LAVMC.org.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Peddlers’ Mart, Artisan Faire and Food Booths – Featuring hand-crafted artwork, collectibles and more, along Bell Street. Information and applications may be found at www.LAVMC.org. (Also occurs Sunday, same times.)
3:00 PM: Cow Pie Bingo – Held at the corner of Bell and St. Joseph Streets. Onlookers will find out where a cow will do its “do” on a “board”; Bingo winner awarded $500.00 cash prize. Only 222 spaces available for $20.00 each (advance purchase recommended). For more information, please contact Shirley Williams at 805.478.0789.
6:30 PM – 12:00 AM: Tri-Tip Dinner and Dance – Dinner and all appropriate entertaining accoutrements. Tri-Tip Beef BBQ is served 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, dance party extends through 12:00 AM. Live music by the T-Bone Ramblers. Tickets at the door run $25.00 per person for the Dinner + Dance; $15.00 per person for Dance-only. Full service bar is available; event is 21+. Located at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street (corner of Centennial and Leslie Streets), in downtown Los Alamos.
-- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 --
9:30 AM: Los Alamos Valley Old Days “Stampede” 5K Run/Walk – Sign-up in Ferrini Park (corner of Bell and Centennial Streets). Registration from 8:00 AM-9:15 AM, prior to race. $25.00 per runner entry fee; all proceeds benefit local youth sports. Trophies awarded to first overall male and female finishers. Medals go to top three finishers in seven divisions.
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Peddlers’ Mart, Artisan Faire and Food Booths – Featuring hand-crafted artwork, collectibles and more, along Bell Street. Information and applications may be found at www.LAVMC.org.
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Non–denominational Worship Service in Ferrini Park, led by Rev. Warren Einolander from the Cottonwood Community Fellowship, Los Alamos. All ages welcome.
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (approximate): “Greatest Little Small Town Parade” starts at Bell Street (Hwy 135) and Augusta Street, rolls west down Bell Street, ends at St. Joseph Street. Parade features more than 50 entries of equestrians, bands, floats, and community groups, including the 2019 Old Days Grand Marshals, Sheila Glaser and John Traller. Free to participate, apply at www.LAVMC.org by 9/17/19 or contact Mary Anne Christensen at [email protected], or 805.344.4064.
12:15 PM (approximate) – 2:30 PM: Tri-Tip Beef BBQ – Includes Santa Maria-style oakwood grilled beef, beans, bread and locally-made, fresh salsa. Tickets at the door run $12.00 per adult, $10.00 for seniors ages 55+ and kids (under age 10); full service bar is available. Located at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street (corner of Centennial and Leslie Streets), in downtown Los Alamos.
3:00 PM: Chicken Poop Bingo Finale – Held in Ferrini Park (corner of Bell and Centennial Streets). Onlookers will find out where three chickens will do their “do” for the first, second and third times on a 4’x8’ “board”; winners awarded cash prizes. Only 512 tickets available for $5.00 each (advance purchase recommended). For more information, please contact Sheryl Woods at 805.588.7421 or [email protected].
5:00 PM: 73rd Men’s Club Anniversary Celebrating 58 Years of Annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days celebration concludes. Join the town for their 74th Men’s Club Anniversary and the 59th Annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days, September 25-27, 2020.
* All events listed here, are subject to change or cancellation.