(Apple Valley)–Celebrating the centennial of the birth of Roy Rogers, fans from all over are expected to converge on Apple Valley, California on November 5 and 6. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the King of the Cowboys, Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. and Dustin Roy Rogers, son and grandson, will honor his legacy in a free concert at the Civic Center Park amphitheater.
The day will start with “Pancakes and Prayer” at the Roy Rogers Dale Evans Chapel at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, from 8 – 10 a.m. Sponsored by Mollie’s Kountry Kitchen and cooked up by the Apple Valley Kiwanis, pre-sale tickets are available at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce for $5.
Steve Lewis and the Mojave River Boys will kick off the concert at Civic Center Park beginning at 1 p.m. Storytelling and reminiscing will fill the afternoon, leading to the headline concert from 2:30 – 4:30 by Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr., featuring Dustin Roy Rogers and the High Riders, straight from Branson.
Dusty and his band perform classic cowboy, western music reminiscent of the sounds of Sons of the Pioneers, the group founded by his father. It’s always a crowd favorite when he shares his personal stories of growing up with Roy and Dale as only Dusty can do. Experience first-hand how the legacy of Roy Rogers continues in the live performances of his son and grandson.
Says Dusty, “As Roy’s son, it is not my job to stand in my father’s shadow; but it is my job to lengthen it.”
In between the morning and afternoon activities, a number of area organizations are honoring Roy’s legacy with special activities. Announce yourself as “Roy’s guest” for free admission to the Victor Valley Museum, courtesy of Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt and the County of San Bernardino. A special display of Roy and Dale memorabilia will be on display.
The California Route 66 Museum is celebrating their 16th anniversary with a car show Saturday, dedicated to Roy Rogers, and offers special items on display.
A map is available in the commemorative program as well as online at www.AppleValleyEvents.org for a self-guided driving tour of area points of interest in the life of Roy and Dale.
On Sunday, the Double R Bar Ranch in Oro Grande will be celebrating Roy’s legacy with a “Day at the Ranch”. The Cross Town Cowboys will be playing and singing their unique blend of Western music at this event to be held on the ranch where Roy trained and practiced his horses.
For those unfamiliar with Western music, go to www.thecrosstowncowboys.com. Noted for “having entirely too much fun,” good music and fun are a way of life for the band. One of their CD albums, “Save the West,” was in the top five nominated for “Best Western CD” in 2009; and they will be introducing a brand new album entitled “That Old Prairie Moon” at the Roy Rogers event!
There will be Ranch tours starting at 9:00 am, followed by Cowboy Church with message by Gabby at 10:00. Music by the Bascom Ranch Band can be enjoyed at 11:00. A “Trigger Tribute” (live demonstration and story on the training of movie animals, starring Journey, “The Paramount Paint” horse) is scheduled for 12:00.
Admission is only $10 per adult ($5 for children 12 and under)—this includes lunch, tours, and shows. Tickets are available from the Apple Valley Chamber and will be sold at their event in the park on Saturday, Nov. 5, as well.
For more information visit www.AppleValleyEvents.org, or call the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce at (760)242-2753 or the Town of Apple Valley at (760)240-7000 x 7074. Pre-sale tickets for the pancake breakfast and the Day at the Ranch are available at the Chamber office.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
8 – 10am Prayer service and Kiwanis Pancake breakfast (Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Chapel)
10am – 4pm Victor Valley Museum – special Roy Rogers exhibit and free admission for “Roy’s Guests”
10am – 2pm California Route 66 Museum – Classic Car Show & 16th Birthday Party, with special Roy Rogers memorabilia on display
10am – 1pm Self-guided driving tour of Roy and Dale’s favorite spots (map available at www.AppleValleyEvents.org)
1 – 4:30 pm Civic Center park activities
Evening Enjoy dinner at one of the fine restaurants in Apple Valley
November 6, 9am – 3:30pm – Day at the Double R Bar Ranch. (Take National Trails Highway, nine miles north of I-15. Turn left on Bryman Road and follow the signs.) $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and under. Lunch included.
• 9 – 10am Hayride tours of the Ranch and tours of the Museum House
• 10 – 11 Cowboy Church Service with Gabby
• 11 – 12 Music by Bascom Ranch Band, with Juliette
• 12 – 12:30 Gabby’s trick horse demo to honor Trigger
• 12:30 – 1:30 Music by The Cross Town Cowboys
• 1:30 – 2:30 Hayride tours of the Ranch and tours of the Museum House
• 2:30 – 3:30 Music by The Cross Town Cowboys
California Route 66 Museum is open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., with special memorabilia on display