the 37th Annual Vaquero Gala, Show and Sale will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and the Parks-Janeway Carriage House in downtown Santa Ynez from Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14.
The annual event, which honors the unique culture of the Californian vaquero — cowboy — is the museum’s most important fundraising event of the year, according to a spokeswoman for the event.
The three-day fundraising event kicks off with the annual gala dinner from 5-9 p.m. Friday, prepared by Testa Catering, with wine and cocktails from Gainey Vineyards. The annual Vaquero of the Year award will be presented that evening to legendary breeder John McCarty, the spokeswoman said.
The Vaquero Sale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees can shop from featured artisans and collectors who will be showcasing handcrafted items including hand-crafted leather saddles, vaquero-style braided riatas, bridles, reins, artwork art, clothing, jewelry and collectibles. Admission is $5 at the door.
Traditional vaquero riding demonstrations featured by Heather Kornemann will also take place on Saturday, and lunch will be available at the Elks Lodge. Participants will be treated to traditional dance performances by Baile from California. The dance ensemble will return at 2 p.m. Sunday.
New to the event this year is a pig roast and barn dance at Pork Palace at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with live country swing music from Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. The cost to attend is $65 per person or $165 per family.
In accordance with Santa Barbara County Health Department COVID-19 mandates, all patrons are required to wear a face covering that fully covers the nose and mouth while inside the galleries. Bandanas, gaiters and face masks with external valves are not permitted. Face shields alone are not adequate protection. Wearing a mask is also strongly encouraged in outdoor spaces.
The weekend fundraising event is hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House, located at 3596 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez.
Tickets for the Friday night gala are $200 per person and can be purchased online at santaynezmuseum.org or at the door.