‘Rendezvous’, street fair in Poway this weekend
By Steve Dreyer
This coming weekend will be full of Poway Days events, ranging from western reenactments and a large street fair to a trail ride and theater performances.
“Rendezvous in Poway”
Visitors to Old Poway Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will travel back to the Old West during the annual “Rendezvous in Poway” celebration.
The popular free event is put on by the City of Poway along with the Shadow River Regulators, Cimarron Ridge Old West Productions and the Apache Canyon Gang. Various activities demonstrate what life was like between the 1820s to 1890s.
The public portion of the weekend begins with a Hobo Campfire at 8 p.m. Friday along the banks of Rattlesnake Creek. There will be a sing-along with members of the Poway Folk Circle, storytelling by Charles Johnson and free s’mores to enjoy.
Events in the park are set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Approximately 20 “camps” will be set up, with volunteers dressed as mountain men, cowboys and buckaroos discussing the Old West. Look for a little mock gunfighting and occasional robberies of the Poway Midland Railroad train as it circles the park with fare-paying passengers. The park’s blacksmith shop will be open as well.
Other activities include an arts and crafts market and tours of the Nelson House and Poway Historical Museum.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in period attire.
No food will be sold at Rendezvous, but the Hamburger Factory will be open.
On Saturday night, enjoy an old-fashioned barn dance from 7 to 9 p.m. in Templar’s Hall in the park. Free dance lessons will be offered.
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Poway Days Festival
The 50th anniversary of Poway Days will be celebrated at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored street fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on Midland Road, between Poway Road and Hilleary Place.
The free family event will feature approximately 150 vendor booths, food and music. For the first time, there will be a beer garden, located near Poway Road.
Live entertainment will be provided by Kanan Road, KV & The Blues Academy and Jeffrey Joe. Youngsters will be treated to shows by Dr. Zoolittle from the San Diego Zoo and to a costumed Snow White from the Missoula Children’s Theater.
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Poway Rodeo Trail Ride
The annual Poway Rodeo Trail Ride is set for Sunday, starting and ending at the Poway Valley Riders Association grounds at 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with the rides starting an hour later. Riders must provide their own horses.
Three trail rides of varying difficulty will be offered, with each ride being headed by a trail boss. Lunch will be served at noon at on the PRVA grounds.
Tickets are $20 per person. Each includes one hand of poker and additional hands may be purchased for $5 each. The best hand will win a cash prize.
Buy tickets at the Hamburger Factory or at Elston’s Hay and Grain in Poway.
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‘Cowgirls’ at PowPAC
Performances of the musical “Cowgirls” by PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, continue through Sept. 30. The theater is on the second floor of the Lively Center, 13250 Poway Road.
Seats are $20 general admission and $17 for seniors and students. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 858-679-8085 or emailing email@example.com.
• Saturday, Sept. 22 – The Poway Center for the Performing Arts presents “O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?” a Grand Ol’ Opry-styled musical revue. Curtain is 8 p.m. Ticket information at www.powayarts.org.
• Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 – 40th annual Poway Rodeo at the PVRA grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. Ticket information at www.powayrodeo.com.
• Sunday, Sept. 30 – 27th annual Tour de Poway Fun Bike Ride. Information at www.tourdepoway.com.
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