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New Carnival Rides, Freestyle Motocross, Live Entertainment Light Up 58th Annual Conejo Valley Days
The 58th Annual Conejo Valley Days (CVD), May 8 through May 11 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks, will feature everything from live entertainment in a western saloon to freestyle motocross to outhouse races.
RCS Shows is CVD’s new carnival and midway operator. Its rides can be found at the Los Angeles County Fair and Coachella Music Festival as well as other large festivals around the western U.S. “They’ll be bringing a 10 story Ferris wheel and rides that test the g-force limit,” says Frank Akrey, CVD president. “We’re thrilled to have Cammack Shows at CVD. They are the best of the best.”
Motocross extreme jumping exhibitions featuring motocross freestyle champs Vince Morgan and Brian McCarty will be held at 6:00 p.m.and 9:15 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 and 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. The two will be performing crowd favorites such as the “double-grab,”
Now in its second year, the CVD Outhouse Races will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. Last year, the race was a huge hit with the crowd," says Chris dePalma, outhouse race chairperson. "Entrants were very creative with their outhouse designs. The winner was a tribute to Elvis. Outhouse names included ‘Gotta Go,’ ‘Ye Olde John’ and ‘Poop Coupe.’”
CVD’s “Golden Horseshoe Saloon" is featuring top live entertainment throughout the four days. Thursday, May 8 showcases acoustic band Sonny Mone & the Rain Riders (YouTube sample: http://youtu.be/
Rock & Roll Pizza is sponsoring the Friday night entertainment in the saloon. The lineup includes:
CHUM – 5:00 p.m.
Johnny and the B Goodes - 6:30 p.m.
Poeina – 7:15 p.m.
Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants (http://chrisshiflettmusic.com/
Robbie Rist & The Wrong Dots – 10:00 p.m.
All perform regularly at Rock & Roll Pizza. “Friday night will be fantastic,” says David Vieira, Rock & Roll Pizza’s owner. “It’s for those who want to experience great music. These groups have a loyal following so the saloon will be hopping.”
On Saturday, May 10, the entertainment kicks off with The British Beat (a homage to the 1960 British rock invasion) at 3:00 p.m., The Janks at 3:00 p.m., Michele Tyler tribute to Stevie Nicks at 8:00 p.m. followed by the TO All Stars and the Lovejoys at 9:30 p.m.
On Sunday May 11, beginning at noon, Borderline is sponsoring line dance lessons throughout the afternoon. The Janks take the stage once again at 4:30 p.m. followed by Action Down at 6:00 p.m.
Kids’ Korral in the children’s ride section of CVD will feature local kid-friendly entertainment as well as three performances each day on Saturday and Sunday by Critter Squad, with its reptiles, birds and other little animals. The stage is sponsored by Eureka Organic Bread.
For the third year, Reeds Furniture is hosting a Home Emporium during CVD. It will feature CVD signage and Western and Victorian furniture--all in keeping with CVD's country roots. The Emporium will also have a photo booth area complete with western style clothing. “Dru Jeppe, president of Reeds, is this year’s CVD grand marshal,” says Akrey. “Dru is a third generation in the Reed’s family business. The family has been a strong supporter of CVD since the early 1960s.”
Other happenings at CVD include drone demonstrations courtesy of Marty’s Hobbies at 2:30 on Saturday and Sunday (right after the freestyle motocross demonstration)
More than two dozen nonprofit groups take part in CVD. For many, it is their biggest fundraiser of the year. “We’re asking all festival goers to make sure to visit the nonprofit-run food and game booths,” says McBride. “It’s an opportunity to really make an impact.”
The Lucy Pet Foundation is the nonprofit partner for this year’s Conejo Valley Days. 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. The foundation will have a booth at CVD.
CVD sponsors include KHAY, Smart & Final, Thousand Oaks Inn, The Home Depot, Classic Party Rentals, Buster Lighting Design, Alvalyn Creative, Robin Hagey/Keller Williams, GoBeDo Productions, Ventura County Star, Borderline, Rock & Roll Pizza, Marty’s Hobbies and Eureka Organic Bread.
The motocross exhibitions and live entertainment are included with general admission. Entry: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5. For more festival information go to www.conejovalleydays.us, 805-498-0624, firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow Conejo Valley Days on Facebook, www.facebook.com/