What the heck is the Silverado Country Fair?
Well, just miles from the inner city life of Orange County, lies the little ‘ole town of Silverado Canyon! This country town of less than 1,500 residents was once inhabited by the Acjachemen (Juaneno) Native American Tribe, then later home of the 1800’s Bluelight silver boom and early settler folk.
In February 1969, rainstorms flooded Silverado and Modjeska canyons and homes were washed away. Six people were killed when the Silverado Fire Station was hit by mudslides. The Silverado Country Fair was held in 1970 as a way to help bring the community together after the devastating rains and fundraise for families.
The 46th Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival October 8th-9th, 2016, is gonna’ be the best family event of the season and will explore the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live music, tasty food, handmade arts and crafts, 1800’s period activities, children’s petting zoo, Steampunk magic show, games and silly ‘ole timey’ contests, all nestled under the Oak trees below Orange County’s famous Saddleback Mountain.The event kicks off at 9:00 am Saturday morning with the 46th annual “Unparade” lead by the notorious wagon driven Silverado Outlaws! Western horseback riders, Acjachemen tribe, scouts, dancers and classic cars will be paradin’ past homes and businesses along Silverado Canyon Road to the "fairgrounds." Don’t miss the live action robbery and gunfight at the Silverado Café and Canyon Market area! (Don’t worry kids…the Outlaws promise to give back what they steal!)
Down at the "fairgrounds" the Silverado Country Fair opens at 10:00 am with live music, dancing, and gun ‘slingin’ fun! Local art & craft merchants will be showin’ their wares and families can experience making old ‘timey crafts of the 1800’s with Mountain Man Joel Robinson & family dressed in period garb. There's a community DIY (Do It Yourself) homestead workshop where folks can learn to pickle, ferment and even raise chickens! Hungrier visitors will love the “by golly tastiest and wholesomest’ country cookin’ ya ever ate” served all weekend.
Country, Western, Bluegrass, Folk & Blues bands will entertain throughout the weekend and entertainment highlights include Girl Scouts Ballet Folklorico, Acjachemen Storytellers, Canyon Creek Ramblers, Geoff Sarkissian, Sweetwater Creek Band, Liz Hill and the Old Man Band, Road Kill Kings. Three Blind Mice, and 3rd Degree Blues! Sunday’s fair concludes with The Budrows Cigar Box Blues party and OC’s favorite Grateful Dead tribute band...CUBENSIS!
This year’s fair focuses on the simple life long ago alongside the lifetime accomplishments of one of our eldest residents and most famous fer’ sure...the award winnin’ Cowboy singer/songwriter Rusty Richards. This legendary cowboy singer who performed with the 'Sons of the Pioneers', Roy Rogers, and others, was given the Chester A. Reynolds award and inducted to the Cowboy Hall of Fame earlier this year in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A canyon style tribute to our local hero will take place Saturday afternoon October 8th with poetry reading', some cowboy bluegrass, and will include special performances by Rusty's granddaughter 'Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles', followed by Rusty's country star son 'Jason Richards & friends.'
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8th-9th, 2016
Time: Daytime Fair 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday Night Music Fest 5-10 pm
27641 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA, 92676
Cost: Adult admission: $5/Kids 4-12 only $3, under 3 FREE!
Night BLUES Fest: $5 for everyone
* Proceeds from this event go to Silverado Canyon area community non profit organizations.