Vaquero Heritage Days San Juan Bautista

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

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: & 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

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.

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