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Sunday Showdown in Carlsbad

Leo Carillo as Pancho and Loco the horse
By Butternut Bread, sponsor of the show in the Chicago area. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, June 1st, Leo Carrillo’s Historical Ranch Park will be holding their annual Wild West Fest event which is free to the public and is a great family event! If you have not had a chance to visit the Leo Carrillo Historical which is listed as a California Historical Landmark and is registered nationally as a historic site, this Sunday is the day to bring your friends and family out to explore this old Carlsbad ranchero site.
Growing in popularity, the Wild West Fest has a salsa contest with categories such as; fruit salsa, hottest salsa, funniest presentation and more- just to get your taste buds flowing. The salsa tasting is just $3 and the popular restaurant Chili's is an event sponsor .
Plenty of food, drinks and even merchandise will be available to purchase and for the kids there are pony rides, face painting, and crafts to be made on-site. Activity cards, which will include a mechanical bull ride costs $6 and The Tail Draggers Entertainment and Alpine Outlaws Western group will provide the ambiance and grant awesome photo ops, especially for children. All of the action for the Wild West Fest in Carlsbad this Sunday begins at 11a.m., parking at the nearby Carrillo Elementary School is free, and is scheduled to run until 2 p.m.
This year’s special twist is an added root beer tasting (for $3 as well), which will have 5 different sarsaparillas or root beers to see which one floats your boat, in literally a root beer float form!
The uniquely history of the Leo Carrillo Historical Ranch Park dates back to the old Hollywood of the 1930’s era when the western actor Leo Carrillo found a working rancho, a-la-California style called Rancho de Los Kiotes (1937) located in what is now the eastern part of Carlsbad. Carrillo promptly purchased 840 acres for a grand total of $65,000. He built up the ranch at its peak to occupy 2,538 acres. Today the site is 27 acres and recently underwent a $5.5 million renovation.

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