Cre8tive Reviews had the pleasure of attending the 21st annual Cowboy Festival this past weekend in Santa Clarita. The event was held at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in addition to the pre-events that’s were held throughout the city and western walk of stars.
The event hosted more than 10,000 people over the course of three days and offered the general public an exclusive look at the 22 acre studio where such legendary films as Django Unchained, Dukes of Hazzard, Deadwood, and Magnificent Seven have been filmed to name a few. The motion picture museum full of props from several of these shows were open to the public and included one of the original General Lee cars from the Dukes of Hazzard tv show.
People attended the event in full costume, and it was hard to tell who actually belonged to the ranch and who was just a guest. There was gold panning, wool spinning, games, and shows for the kids in addition to shops boasting the best in western handmade jewelry, costume designers, and fashions. Not to mention the most amazing peach cobbler we’ve ever tried. Imagine, peach cobbler baked in a Dutch oven to perfection and topped with whipped cream….yummy…now if only they added ice cream to it.
We also had the pleasure of seeing legendary cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell perform. What an amazing performance, even with they few slip ups that he laughed off, he made the audience laugh and captivated their imagination with his words. One highlight was his poem about buying his wife a bra. If you haven’t heard it before, do yourself a favor and listen.
Following Waddie Mitchell on Saturday was country music legend Don Edwards, who in his mid 70s sings better than most a third of his age. His vocals were strong, his guitar perfection. What impressed us the most was his yodeling. We were a little disappointed that he didn’t sing “Coyotes” but very pleased with the rest of the show. Mitchell and Edwards, long time friends teamed up on a few songs as well.
I heard a few people talking at the event on the attendance and how it has grown from the previous year. More than likely its there stellar line up of performers they had this year, in addition to the event and location itself. One complaint we (and several others) had were the food situation. With as large of an event as it was, they had maybe 7 food vendors total and seating for about 100 people. We waited in line for 30 minutes for BBQ before opting to jump into the taco line instead which we presumed to be shorter. An hour later in the hot sun, the empty beer and margarita lines were enough for us to consider a liquid diet but we held our ground and finally got our food. Other than that, this was an event you definitely don’t want to miss next year!
For more information on the Cowboy Festival for next year, please visit the official website.