by Mira Reverente
It’s here! Saddle up and “get your cowboy on.” Conejo Valley Days (CVD) is back, and it’s fun, festive and filled with exciting entertainment options for everyone. The festival will be in full swing beginning Thursday, May 7.
At the kick-off party on Wednesday, Grand Marshall George Lange was feted. A Thousand Oaks resident since 1965 and a long-time CVD volunteer, Lange brings a Native American touch to this year’s festivities by involving the Chumash Museum and Interpretive Center for the first time.
The Old West is still a major theme running throughout the four-day festivities, which includes live entertainment to take place at the Golden Horseshoe stage. Chevy Metal, featuring Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins, will be headlining.
The ever popular Outhouse Races will be back this year, along with several rides and hands-on activities for children. New this year is the “Read and Ride” literacy program for school-age children to encourage them to read and write about it. Every completed form, signed by a parent and a teacher and brought to the event, entitles a child to a pass good for three free carnival rides.
Non-profit groups will be manning stalls at the food court and donating part of their proceeds. Local schools that hoist the CVD banner will also receive a $100 donation.
Conejo Valley Days runs May 7 through May 10 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks. 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.
Active military personnel can get in free all four days by showing their active military identification.
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