Archive » October 16, 2008
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY
By Wendy Thompson, Staff Writer
A Day in the Country has all the fall favorites
A Day in the Country — Oct. 18 in Los Olivos — is packed to the hilt with good ol’ fashioned family fun and then some.
All events, games, and contests are open to participants up until the time they begin, so pull out that apple pie pan, get out the running shoes or hitch up the pony for the parade — it’s not too late to join up and get in the fun.
Los Olivos Day starts at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k run-walk sponsored by Platinum Performance. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Late registrations will be accepted up to 6:30 a.m. the day of the race. For more information or a registration form, visit http://www.losolivosca.com or call Erika Herthel at (805) 688-1731. If you work up an appetite, keep running to the Grange Hall to get in the line for the pancake breakfast, served from 7:30 to 10 a.m., to benefit the Santa Ynez Valley High School Music Boosters.
The apple pie contest will accept entries, even hot from the oven, until 9 a.m., and slices will be sold to the public after the judges have made their decision. Bakers of any age can vie for honors in four categories — best traditional double crust, best non-traditional apple pie, best apple tart, or best French Apple Pie.
The Day in the Country Parade will begin at Highway 154 and Grand Avenue at 10 a.m., kicked off by local school children performing the “Star Spangled Banner” in the park. To register for the parade, fill out an entry from available at http://www.losolivosca.com.
Parade entry divisions include marching band, equestrians, vintage cars, floats, marching groups, and anything with a Halloween theme. The parade will have more than 25 entries.
Scarecrow lovers won’t want to miss the fifth annual scarecrow contest sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty to raise money for local elementary schools, with donors pledging $100 in sponsor fees for the classrooms building the scarecrows. Silent auction bidding closes Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Sotheby’s office at 2901 Grand Avenue.
The day offers a ton of kids’ activities, says Julie Kennedy, one of the event organizers and member of Los Olivos Business Organization. “The PTAs will have games and contests with prizes, and crafts to make, some free or for a small fee, and Christina Barnes of Ponies and Paint, who does absolutely beautiful face painting, will paint kids’ faces for free all day,” said Kennedy.
A Food Court will offer tri-tip sandwiches from the Los Olivos Rotary Club, and other traditional fair food favorites. The “Day in the Country” event also will have vendor booths featuring the wares of artists and craftsmen with everything from jewelry to clothing to toys and decorations. Vendor and food booth spaces still are available.
Wildling Art Museum will return with its “Zoo To You” with live North American animals, which will open promptly at 2 p.m. between St. Mark’s Church and Mattei’s Tavern.
Last year’s popular bluegrass band, Peter Feldman and the Very Lonesome Boys, will jam from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lavinia Campbell Park, with plenty of hay bale seating courtesy of Platinum Performance. Wine tasting venues on Grand Avenue will be serving wine throughout the day.