Greeting festival goers as they enter CVD will be a Western Main Street with a variety of vendors. "Instead of a big white tent, we're giving the vendor area a western feel with roaming cowboys and western music," says Mary-Catherine McBride, CVD vendor chair. The festival will also be filled fresh food booths with proceeds going to more than a dozen local nonprofit organizations.
Entry ticket prices remain the same as last year: $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5 through 12 and free for kids under 5. Bring a canned food item on opening night, Wednesday, April 28 and receive $2 off all admission tickets. The food will be donated to Manna, the Conejo Valley's food bank. "This is an opportunity for families to receive a sizable savings off CVD admission while helping those in need," says Frank Akrey, CVD president. Military personnel with valid id get in free on Friday, April 30.
"The carnival will feature some of the most exciting and popular rides in the country including one of the largest mobile rollercoasters in the country (for a sample experience, go to http://www.youtube.com/
Extreme Canines (http://www.extremecanines.com) headlines on Saturday, May 1. The show features world class Frisbee catching dogs, weave pole racing, the one-of-a-kind dog triathlon, big air stunts, comedy antics, juggling and high jumping. The dogs, all who have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country, have been featured on "Oprah," the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "The Ellen Show." Show times are 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Shows are free with CVD admission.
Long running activities during CVD include the Badgeroo contest on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ma Keeler Stage. Contestants pit their CVD badge collections against those of others, many whom have been collecting badges since the tradition began in 1964. The Whiskeroo contest, where contestants show off their stylish beards, is set for Saturday, May 1 at the Ma Keeler Stage at 4:00 p.m.
Friday night entertainment at CVD is geared towards the high school and college crowd. Starting the evening at 7:00 p.m. on the Fiesta Stage will be The Sheds , a local band just signed with a record label and a previous CVD battle of the bands winner. JetStream takes the stage at 8:00 p.m. The band is made up of teenagers that combine the experimental nature of '70s bands such as Rush, Yes and Led Zeppelin with a 21st century outlook. The Jimi Blyss Experience is on at 9:00 p.m. Again, a local band featuring extraordinary guitar licks all with a 60s-70s flair. Jimi Blyss has been described as Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, and Kurt Cobain all wrapped up in one.
Saturday night, May 1 starts off with The Flynn Brothers Band at 6:00 p.m. on the Fiesta Stage. The brothers, raised in the Conejo Valley, play country and rock and are well known in the community. At 8:00 p.m., Sweet, known for such hits a "Ballroom Blitz," "Fox on the Run," "Teenage Rampage" and "Love is Like Oxygen," headlines.
For county music lovers, Kacey Cubero is on the Ma Keeler Stage on Thursday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. Cubero was voted Country Blues Artist of the Year in 2006 by the Santa Barbara Blues Society and in 2009, she received the Southern California Music Award for Country/Folk Song of the Year for her song "In the Wind." On Sunday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m., local country band CRV is followed at 3:30 p.m. by country singer and songwriter Travis Nelson.
CVD hours are Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 1, noon to midnight and Sunday, May 2, noon to 6:00 p.m. No alcohol will be served on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Each year, more than 20 nonprofit groups and hundreds of volunteers make CVD happen," says Akrey. "It's their dedication and enthusiasm that enable fair goers to always enjoy a wonderful experience."
An ATM will be on site throughout the event. Tickets can be purchased online beginning April 15. For more information, go to http://www.conejovalleydays.org.