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Calling All Cowboys

Jack McGrath of Thousand Oaks Liquor rides in the 1965 Conejo Valley Days parade in a bathtub, spraying the crowds as he goes.

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Photo by ED LAWRENCE

Conejo Valley Days captures the spirit
—and heritage— of our special community

Sixty years ago a small group of friends and neighbors began what would grow into the largest annual party in the area. Celebrating our rich heritage, Conejo Valley Days drew from the spirit of the Old West with the cowboys, wagon trains and pioneer gumption that helped this town grow.

The very first Conejo Valley Days, then called Circus Days, was held on the Jungleland property in 1946. As the years passed, the festivities grew. Carnival rides and camel races were added to the fun. Movie stars would make appearances and a circus queen would be crowned each year.

The festival came to mean cowboys and whiskeroos, steaming barbeque and ladies in old-fashioned western dresses. In 1949 a parade was added to the lineup of activities. Locals used to joke that there were more people in the parade than there were watching it.

But at its core, Conejo Valley Days, which got its current name in 1957, has always been about supporting the services and projects in our community through fundraising. And that continues to this day as CVD celebrates its 60th year.

Conejo Valley Days will run from May 11 through 15 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks. The five days will be packed with live entertainment, carnival rides, motocross freestyle exhibitions, good grub and the infamous outhouse races.

There will also be displays by the Chumash Indian Museum and a newly added home décor and gardening show.
You could say the spirit of the Old West lives on in our hometown, and the best of the west will be showcased at CVD again this year.
— LGH