Good Times And Great Music Abound At Calico Days

By Nikki Garret Metzger

Managing Editor

(Victor Valley) – It a BIG birthday party! Calico Days is a celebration of the town’s birth with a parade, lots of games and activities for kids, gunfight exhibitions, music from local musicians and so much more.

“On Saturday the big thing is our parade that leads off with the stage coach. Riders in the Sky are the grand marshals,” said NoeleWayne, Event Coordinator. “The Fort Irwin Mounted Calvary is going to be in the parade, and the Veteran’s home out of Barstow is going to come and sing.”

Wayne continued, “Then we’re going to have oodles and oodles of entertainment. Lots of games and activities for the kids – everything from bubble gum blowing and nickels in the haystack to the fry pan toss. We even have a beard and mustache contest, not for the kids obviously.  We’re also going to have a good diversity of the music. We have a really great group called the Tumbling Tumbleweeds. They have a barbershop quartet sound. They sound amazing.”

On Saturday evening the Riders in the Sky take to the stage in the Silver Bowl. After the performance they’ll do a meet-n-greet on the back porch of the Calico House Restaurant.

“Then we’re going to have a big dance in the Silver Bowl with a performance by the Calico Mining Company, which is our house band,” said Wayne. “That’s going to be a big dance from about 8-10, or maybe later, depending on how much fun everyone is having. That will end out the night.”

Sunday’s big events are the burro run and miner’s triathlon.

A new addition to Calico Days is the cemetery tour. It’s a living history tour. The tour starts with a ride in a hay wagon up to the cemetery where visitors are taken on a 20 minute tour with actors representing some of the population that lived in Calico when the town was founded. “It is an actual cemetery that we have here in town. Its living history. The tour talks about what life was like in town and what some of the common causes of death were here in Calico,” said Wayne.

Its $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-16, 5 and under is free. That includes parking, admission and all of the activities.

“It’s a pretty affordable ticket to come out and have a variety of things to do. We have a fair amount of camping available. We also have OHV and mountain bike trails,” said Wayne.

For more information visit their website http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx

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