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Special Events

68th Annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration is September 26-28, 2014

For Immediate Release: August 25, 2014
PUBLIC CONTACT: Carole Bloom, Vice-President, Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club: or 805-344-1144
MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Kath, Publicist, or 805-344-1717 and

Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, California—The 68th annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration is Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28, 2014, with fun for the entire family in the heart of this traditional old-west style community. This year’s theme is "Bountiful Harvest.” Admission is FREE and the entire public is invited to join residents and visitors who gather each year to honor, preserve and celebrate the town’s authentic Western heritage. Los Alamos is located at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Route 135 (Bell Street); just an hour north of Santa Barbara and twenty minutes south of Santa Maria.

Los Alamos Old Days is sponsored by the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (LAVMC)—a philanthropic 501(C)3 not-for-profit group of men, women and families—dedicated to preserving the town’s unique character and hospitality. LAVMC provides scholarships and funding to local students and organizations, as well as offering its facilities for rent for private events. The Club is supported by tax-deductible donations. Additional support for Los Alamos Old Days is being provided by Visit Santa Ynez Valley (

Highlights of the LAVMC Old Days weekend-long celebration include plenty of FREE entertainment, two-day Peddlers Mart, Saturday’s All American Classic Car Show and Sunday morning’s “Greatest Little Small Town Parade.” This year’s Parade Grand Marshal is Carl C. Abeloe, whose father Carl A. Abeloe was 1979 Grand Marshal—the first time two generations, father and son--have been honored. The Abeloe family has resided in the Los Alamos Valley since the early 1900’s, involved in dry-farming and ranching. Abeloe remarked, “My wife Charlene and I attended Los Alamos Elementary School and graduated from Santa Maria High School. We were married at the little Presbyterian Church here in 1958, and held our reception at The Men’s Club. I attended the first Old Days in 1948 and am so humbled to be Grand Marshal this year.”

Here is the 2014 Los Alamos Old Days schedule of events:

FRIDAY September 26, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Old Days Chili Kick-Off Party: Enjoy the cook-off competition with chili made by participants including Bedford Winery, Bell Street Farm Eatery, Café Quackenbush, Los Alamos Fire Station and members of the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club. Homemade corn bread, salad and all the fixings will be served to begin the Old Days celebration with a tasty kick. No host bar. The 2014 Chili cook-off winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Tickets are $7 per person at the door at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street, corner of Centennial & Leslie Street in downtown Los Alamos.

6:00 p.m.-Debut of original Los Alamos images by local photographer Jeffrey Bloom. Exhibition featuring more than 20 photographs will remain on display throughout the Old Days weekend for public viewing.

SATURDAY September 27, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast: $6 adults and $5 children under 12, at the Men’s Club sponsored and benefits the Los Alamos Junior Grange.

9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.
Peddlers Mart and Food Booths along Bell Street (Hwy 135). Space applications available at
All American Classic Car Show: along Bell Street (Hwy 135).Entry forms at
Civil War Encampment: featuring the “California Hundred,” Company A, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry re-enactors; in the garden of the 1880 Union Hotel, 362 Bell Street.
Entertainment by KRAZ-FM “Crazy Country” radio along Bell Street.

11:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Tri-Tip Beef Sandwich Sale: cost is $7.00 each at the Men’s Club. Beer Garden and music on the patio.

3:30 p.m.
Los Alamos” All American Classic Car Show” Awards Presentation in Ferrini Park.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Old Days Silent Auction at the Men’s Club and “Happy Hour. No host bar and music. Light fare will be available for purchase including tri-tip sliders, chicken wings, sausage rolls, cheese, olives and more. All proceeds support LAVMC youth activities.

SUNDAY September 28, 2014
8:00-9:00 a.m.
On-site Registration for Old Days Stampede 5K Run sponsored by and benefiting Cal Swoosh Sports, a non-profit organization providing sports opportunities for youth. The start, finish, and race day registration will be on Bell Street at Ferrini Park. Race will be run over a scenic loop course in town and through Los Alamos Park, finishing prior to the start of the parade. The race entry fee is $20 which includes a race t-shirt while supplies last. There will be awards to the top three in seven age divisions and a 3’ tall trophy to the first overall male and female finishers. Cost is $20 per runner in advance or at starting line. Info:

9:30 a.m. Old Days Stampede 5K Run Begins. Awards immediately following conclusion in Ferrini Park.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Non–Denominational Worship Service in Ferrini Park, led by Rev. Warren Einolander from the Cottonwood Community Fellowship, Los Alamos. All ages welcome.

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Greatest Little Small Town Parade starts at Bell Street (HWY 135) & Augusta Street and continues west down Bell Street, ending at St. Joseph Street. 2014 Grand Marshall is Carl C. Abeloe. Los Alamos native and Cal-State Channel Islands music major Mia Vasquez will sing the National Anthem; announcer is Laura Kath of Mariah Marketing in Los Alamos. Free to participate—Entry forms at

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Peddlers Mart and Food Booths along Bell Street (Hwy 135).
Civil War Encampment: featuring the “California Hundred,” Company A, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry re-enactors; in the garden of the 1880 Union Hotel, 362 Bell Street.
Entertainment by KRAZ-FM “Crazy Country” radio along Bell Street.

12:15 -3:00 p.m.
Tri-Tip Beef BBQ at the Men’s club. Includes delicious beans, grilled bread & fresh salsa. Adults $10.00, seniors age 55+ and kids under age 10 for $8.00 each. “No Host” Bar and live music.

5:00 p.m. Celebration concludes. See you next year for the 69th Old Days on September 25, 26, 27, 2015!

2014 Peddlers Mart Application (pdf)

2014 Car Show Application (pdf)

2014 Parade Application-English (pdf) / 2014 Parade Application-Espanol (pdf)

2014 Stampede 5K Run/Walk

2014 Press Release (pdf)

Los Alamos Town-wide Garage Sale - SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Dozens of homes throughout the community of Los Alamos, California (exit Highway 101 between Buellton & Santa Maria).

Public welcome! Families & friends of all ages. Coordinated by volunteer members of the Los Alamos Valley Senior Center.

Pick up list of garage sale addresses & town map at the Los Alamos Post Office, 497 Bell Street (Highway 135 on Friday, May 16, 2014 after 4:00 pm through Saturday, May 17, 2014
(And address list and map also will be posted on the wall).

It's a fun way to meet local residents and get great bargains!

FOR MORE INFO: Call Kathy Christoferson at 805-344-1931 or 805-878-7909

Dressage Shows, Clinics and Mock Trials throughout the year. Cottonwood Ranch
Contact Wendy (805) 344-1190