(The following is from a press release)
The 59th Annual Conejo Valley Days (CVD), May 7 through May 10 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks, will feature everything from live entertainment at the Golden Horseshoe stage to kids’ crafts to outhouse races. The four-day event also includes over 25 carnival rides, exhibits from local museums, dog shows and a gem show. Pets Central Education and Welfare Foundation is the 2015 title sponsor.
CVD rides, presented by RCS, include the Grand Wheel, Mach 1 and Insanity. New this year is Monkey Maize. “We know CVD is in a rebuilding stage and we love being part of it. We pride ourselves on long-term relationships,” said Chris Lopez, RCS vice-president. “Last year, we were struck by the friendliness of the Conejo Valley community. It makes us happy to return.”
Chevy Metal/Live Entertainment
Chevy Metal, featuring Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins, will headline this year’s Conejo Valley Days four days of live entertainment. Chevy Metal will perform Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. The concert is free with CVD admission. A limited number of $20 VIP tickets are available at Rock & Roll Pizza in Moorpark while supplies last. The VIP tickets include CVD admission.
Chevy Metal is a 1970s dirt rock cover band, playing music from 70s groups such as Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Queen and the Rolling Stones in addition to its own original material. Based in Southern California, the group has performed all over the world and has a large loyal following.
The Three Rivers Band will perform Thursday, May 7 (family night, no alcohol served). Friday night, May 8, is DJ dance night with DJ Bernard Puga at 5:00 p.m. and DJ Mike Christie (with light show and prizes) from 6:30-11 p.m.
In addition to Chevy Metal, on Saturday, May 9, taking the stage will be an encore performance by the Three Rivers Band (noon), Action Down (2 p.m.), The Janks (6:30 p.m.) and Sonny Mone (8:30 p.m.). On Sunday, May 10, The Koles (1 p.m.), salsa band Zon Candela (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) Gray Wolf Blues Band, a Native American blues band, (5:30 p.m.) and the Thousand Oaks All-Stars (5:30 p.m.) will perform. Thousand Oaks’ Aspire Dance Studio will be performing at noon.
Always a crowd pleasurer, CVD Outhouse Races will take place on Sunday, May 10 at 1 p.m. Past entries have been “Gotta Go,” “Ye Olde John” and “Poop Coupe.”
For the fourth year, Reeds Furniture is hosting a Home Emporium during CVD. It will feature CVD signage and Western and Victorian furniture for sale–all in keeping with CVD’s country roots. The Emporium will also have a photo booth area complete with western style clothing.
Museums, Family Fun
A number of local museums and nonprofit associations will have booths at CVD. “The Conejo Valley is rich in history,” said Mary-Catherine McBride, CVD executive director. “Festival goers will get a taste of that history at CVD.” The Chumash Indian Museum, Joel McCrea Ranch, Stagecoach Inn Museum and California Art Museum Thousand Oaks will be at CVD. “The Chumash Museum will bring artifacts found in the area as well as do storytelling circles for kids interested in learning about local Native American life,” said McBride.
The Conejo Gem & Mineral Club will display part of its collection and have vendors at CVD on all four days. On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, the Thousand Oaks Library booth will have crafts for kids and information about its upcoming summer reading program.
CVD Grand Marshal
Long-time Conejo Valley resident and Conejo Recreation & Park District Board of Director George Lange is the 59th Annual Conejo Valley Days Grand Marshal. Lange and his family have been active in Conejo Valley Days since his family moved to Thousand Oaks in 1965. His young children took part in the CVD children’s parade back then, his wife, Judy, helped judge entries in the annual CVD parade and, as a Kiwanis member, Lange was involved in the parade and CVD site activities.
“It is a special honor to be selected as CVD grand marshal. Conejo Valley Days brings out the best of our community,” said Lange. “CVD is a place where we can all come together to share good times with family and friends. I’m excited to be involved.”
Nonprofits and Sponsors
More than two dozen nonprofit groups take part in CVD. For many, it is their biggest fundraiser of the year. “Nonprofit sell tickets, keep CVD clean, help get the word out about the festival and sell food at the fair,” said McBride. “By supporting CVD, you’re supporting your community.”
CVD sponsors include KHAY, Rock & Roll Pizza, Reeds Furniture, Lazer Broadcasting, The Kim Pagano Show, Best Western Plus Thousand Oaks Inn, Macaroni Kid, GoBeDo Productions, Classic Party Rentals, California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley Times.
Read & Ride
Students throughout the area are taking part in an RCS-sponsored “Read & Ride” program where kids read three books, write about them, have a parent and teacher/librarian sign-off on the Read & Ride reading form and in return, the students receive free passes to go on three CVD rides. A dozen schools and the Thousand Oaks Library are participating. “We are very high on education and reading,” said Lopez. “Our biggest competition is video games. Encouraging kids to read by rewarding them with free rides not only has them reading more, but they turn off their electronic devices and experience the carnival and the outdoors.”
RCS brings about 150 employees to CVD. They stay almost two weeks. “With the amount of people we have, we make an impact on the local economies wherever we go,” said Lopez. “We shop at stores, eat at restaurants, we rent equipment and purchase fuel. It’s all local.”
“RCS carnivals are known for their safety, cleanliness and professionalism,” said McBride. “That means a lot when you’re brining your family to the festival or dropping off your teens. You want to know that everyone will be safe.”
Conejo Valley Days hours are Thursday, May 7, 5-10 p.m., Friday, May 8, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 9, noon to midnight and Sunday, May 10, 12-8 p.m. KHAY-FM is broadcasting live on Saturday from noon to 2:00 p.m. and KLJR-FM is broadcasting live from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday.
All moms that come with their families can attend CVD at half price on Mother’s Day, May 10. Active military personnel can get in free all four days by showing their active military identification. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth who participated in the CVD Read & Ride program can pick up their free ride passes at the RCS Information Booth inside CVD. Students need to bring their completed Read & Ride form signed by a parent and teacher/librarian.
Entry tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, 6 through 12, and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5. For more festival information and to purchase tickets, go to www.conejovalleydays.us, 805-498-0624, [email protected], or follow Conejo Valley Days on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyDays and Twitter, @CVDays2015.