The 37th Annual Vaquero Gala, Show and Sale will take place at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Car House in downtown Santa Ynez from Friday November 12 through Sunday November 14.
The annual event, which honors the unique culture of California’s vaquero – the cowboy – is the museum’s largest fundraising event of the year, according to a spokesperson for the event.
The three-day fundraising event kicks off with the annual gala dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, prepared by Testa Catering, with wine and cocktails from Gainey Vineyards. The annual Vaquero of the Year award will be presented that evening to legendary cattle rancher John McCarty, the spokesperson said.
The Vaquero Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees can shop from star artisans and collectors who will showcase handicrafts such as hand-crafted leather saddles, vaquero-style braided riatas, bridles, reins, Western artwork, clothing, jewelry and collectibles. Admission is $ 5 at the door.
Traditional vaquero riding demonstrations by Heather Kornemann will also take place on Saturday, and lunch will be available at Elks Lodge. Participants will be treated to traditional dance performances by Baile de California. The dance ensemble will be back at 2 p.m. Sunday.
New to the event this year is a roast pork and barn dance at Pork Palace at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring live country swing music by Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. The cost of participation is $ 65 per person or $ 165 per family.
In accordance with the COVID-19 mandates of the Santa Barbara County Department of Health, all clients are required to wear a face covering that fully covers the nose and mouth inside the galleries. Bandanas, gaiters and masks with external valves are not permitted. Face shields alone are not adequate protection. Wearing a mask is also strongly encouraged in outdoor areas.
The weekend fundraising event is hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House, located at 3596 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez.
Tickets for the Friday night gala cost $ 200 per person and can be purchased online at santaynezmuseum.org or at the door.
Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News.