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Wanted: Western Days Fun
Posted Oct. 12, 2007
Seanette Garcia
As part of Western Week in San Dimas, Gathering of Indian Nations shared their Native American Culture with the community through the Ninth Annual Intertribal Pow Wow Oct. 6-7 at Civic Park. San Dimas Pow Wow Princess Lizet Whitehorse represents the Mescalero, Tsalagi and Costanoan nations with a traditional ceremonial dance.

Madison Steff
Life Editor

Cowboy hats and boots lined the streets of San Dimas last weekend as it hosted its 40th Annual Western Days celebration.

The event began on Saturday at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast followed by the Western Days parade.

“We come every year,” Terri Confer a San Dimas resident said.

The parade started at 10 a.m. and lasted for about an hour and a half.

It consisted of several local groups and organizations, including the San Dimas Dog Park, the Shooting Stars Drill Team, the San Dimas Equestrian Center, San Dimas Community Hospital and the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team as well as several city officials and Little Miss San Dimas.

“It was a little slow and not enough horse clean up,” Confer said.

This year the parade included a band competition where high schools from all around Southern California came to compete. Some of the bands traveled to the competition all the way from Palmdale while others came from cities as close as Pomona.

“I liked the band competition,” George Ocana, a Glendora resident, said.

Fran Needham and his wife came from Santa Ana to watch their grandson in the parade.

“My favorite part was the band, the drill team – and my grandson, of course,” Needham said.

There was ongoing entertainment throughout the day including cowboy re-enactments by the Law Dogs and Ladies, the American Square Dancers and a performance by the Crescenta Valley Gymnastics Club.

Food and merchandise vendors lined the street of Bonita as hundreds of people gathered to enjoy some great food and do a little shopping.

Santa Maria BBQ and Grill was a favorite for many.

“It smelled so good but the line was too long,” Sally Northup, a La Verne resident said.

As part of the Western Days festivities, San Dimas hosted the Ninth Annual Pow Wow Intertribal Pow Wow and cultural experience.

The state of California has the most indigenous Indian tribes and reservations in the world and the event provides an opportunity for local residents to experience traditional Native dancing and singing.

There were several scheduled Pow Wow events begin ning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 7 p.m., as well as multiple vendors.

At 2 p.m. the 13th Annual San Dimas Western Days Rodeo began at Horsethief Canyon Park where some of the best cowboys and cowgirls from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association came to compete.

The rodeo competition included both roughstock and timed events.

Roughstock events are scored riding events including saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and bull riding.

Timed events include tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing.

“The whole rodeo was great this year,”Northup said. “But the bull riding was my favorite.”

The Western Days celebration and rodeo continued through Sunday with just as much excitement as Saturday. Every year is a memorable event and this year was no exception.

Madison Steff can be reached at msteff@ulv.edu.

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