By Mira Reverente
Conejo Valley Days (CVD) is back in town and bigger than ever.
In its 58th year, there will be fun carnival rides, live entertainment, plenty of community participation and freestyle motocross exhibitions from May 8-11 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks.
What’s new this year? “The Lucy Pet Foundation is the nonprofit partner for this year’s CVD and they will have a booth,” said Mary-Catherine McBride, general chairperson.
The foundation spays and neuters dogs and cats and conducts pet adoptions with the ultimate goal of having all animal shelter be “no kill” shelters.
“We are also excited to have a new carnival operator this year, RCS Shows whose rides are at the Los Angeles County Fair and Coachella Music Festival as well as other large festivals around the western US,” said McBride. “We pushed CVD back a week to make sure they could be here. They will be bring lots of big thrill rides and a giant 10 story high Ferris wheel.”
Dru Jeppe, president of Reeds Furniture, is this year’s grand marshal. Reeds has been part of CVD as far back as the early 1960s and will be selling furniture as well as CVD and Western artwork. They will also have a photo booth where people can dress up in Western gear and have their pictures taken.
“Marty’s Hobbies in Thousand Oaks will be bringing drones to the event,” McBride said. “The drones will put on an exhibition at 2:30 on Saturday, May 10, but you’ll probably find them flying around throughout CVD.”
On Saturday and Sunday, the nonprofit Wildlife Waystation will be bringing rescued animals and holding a fundraising raffle. The grand prize will be a private dinner and tour of the Waystation and its animals.
“Freestyle motocross exhibitions are back this year and the shows are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” McBride said.
At the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, top talent including Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants, will be featured on Saturday at 8 pm. Shiflett is the lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters and the Dead Peasants is his country music band.
For the little ones, the Kids’ Korral stage is back featuring lots of entertainment on Saturday and Sunday including Critter Squad. They’ll be bringing lots of animals that kids can touch and hold.
For the second year, Outhouse Races will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m. Outhouses, decorated in a variety of creative ways, are pushed down the raceway with a person inside sitting on the commode.
“The races were a huge success last year with a lot of laughs,” said McBride.
Over two dozen non-profit groups will be participating in CVD. They will have food and game booths and will also help keep the festival grounds free of trash. They also help out with all sorts of behind-the-scenes activities.
“CVD couldn’t happen without them,” said McBride.
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