To kick off the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival this weekend, Santa Clarita Public Library officials held Cowboy and Cowgirl Day at the Valencia branch on Wednesday.
Children donned cowboy hats and boots and galloped around the library’s activity room, which was transformed into the “Old West” and filled with western-themed activities.
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“The event was designed to get boys and girls engaged in cowboy fun and excited for this weekend’s cowboy festival,” said Jessica Jackson, spokeswoman for the city of Santa Clarita.
Smiles and laughter filled the room as children of all ages panned for gold, lassoed a wooden horse, played in a western town made out of cardboard boxes, rode a toy horse through an obstacle course and more.
“The event ties into the city’s cowboy festival and the rich history that we have here in Santa Clarita,” said Emily Circhirillo, youth services librarian at the Valencia branch and the event’s organizer. “We were hoping that by bringing them (Santa Clarita children) into the library and showing them, in a fun way, a little about the history, they might be intrigued to learn more about the history of Santa Clarita, and the country too.”
The western-themed fun will continue on Saturday and Sunday with the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, a decades-long tradition in the Santa Clarita Valley being hosted once again by Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio.
A wide range of singers, performers and historical reenactments are lined up for the festival, in addition to western-inspired food vendors, book and gift shops, family-fun activities and several special events that explore the western film heritage in Santa Clarita, event officials said.
For more information about the festival, including ticket information, a map and activities, click here.
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