Vaquero Heritage Days 2016

August 19 – 21, 2016

In the Historic Mission City of San Juan Bautista, California At St. Francis Retreat Center on Historic Rancho San Justo

Journey back in time & celebrate California vaquero’s legacy amidst the rolling hills on historic land originally part of Old Mission San Juan Bautista where early vaqueros lived & tended vast livestock herds in the 18th century. Meet today’s vaquero-style gear makers, silversmiths, rawhide braiders, fine artists, historians and viejo vaqueros [old wise ones] sharing their knowledge & skills. Gather as vaquero-style horsemen present the traditional bridle horse process and art of riata roping!

Artisan Show & Sale!
Fine Art – Silversmiths – Gearmakers – Bits & Spurs – Jewelry – Books & Memorabilia – Vaquero Horsemen Demos – Evening Concerts – Raffle Prizes – Great Food & Drink

“Guest Artist” – Curt Mattson, Western Action in Bronze & Watercolor
“Jo Mora Exhibit” – Peter Hiller, Curator, Jo Mora Trust offers treasures from archives!
“Vaquero Horsemen Demos” – The Vaquero’s Legacy Continues….
Buddy & Laurie Montes – Jeffrey Mundell – Chantz Albrecht
“Concerts” – Friday: Dave Stamey, Award Winning Singer/Songwriter
Saturday: Trinity Seely, Western Lifestyle Singer/Songwriter

Details on Special Guests, Horsemen, Daily Agenda, Tickets & Sponsorships
VISIT: www.vaqueroheritagedays.com

Attend: Friday Grand Opening Show, Hors d’oeuvres & Concert $49 advance sales only
Saturday Dinner & Concert $49 advance sales only
Saturday & Sunday daytime Show & Sale, Horsemen Demos $6 at door

Visitors enjoy: 30 Artisan Booths; Horsemen Vaquero-Style Riding & Riata Roping; Chef-prepared Lunches; Wine & Beverage Bars; Friday evening Grand Opening, Hors d’oeuvres & Concert with Dave Stamey; Saturday Rancho Dinner & Concert with Trinity Seely. Special Raffle Drawings each item valued at $1000; Artist Jo Mora collectible posters & much more!

Proceeds benefit St. Francis Retreat: In 1833, Mission land was divided into “ranchos” with Rancho San Justo covering 34,615 acres. A portion of this rancho just 2 miles from the Mission housed families and vaqueros. In 1947, Franciscan Friars obtained this 73 acre portion for use as a retreat center. Today it is home to Franciscan Friars with facilities for educational classes, organization meetings, non-denominational religious and group retreats and individual spiritual solitude. A perfect location to celebrate California’s vaquero heritage!

Event Web Site: www.vaqueroheritagedays.com & Facebook|Vaquero Heritage Days
Event Director: Jane Merrill office: 831.623.1128
Mail: SFR-Vaquero Heritage Days
P.O. Box 626, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Email: info@vaqueroheritagedays.com

Artists booth. Photo by Lori McIntosh.

Dave Stamey in concert! Photo by Lori McIntosh.

Horsemanship Demonstrations. Photo by Lori McIntosh.

Keeping traditions alive! Photo by Lori McIntosh.