PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 14, 2015

69th Annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration is Sept. 25-27, 2015

Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, California—The 69th annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration is Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015, with fun for the entire family in this western-style community. This year’s theme is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” 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 20 minutes south of Santa Maria. Highlights of the LAVMC Old Days weekend-long celebration include plenty of FREE entertainment, two-day Peddlers’ Mart & Artisan Faire, Saturday’s Classic Car Show in association with Carp Events and Sunday morning’s “Greatest Little Small Town Parade.”

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 to 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 (

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2015 Grand Marshal Kathleen Christoferson with grandson Jaxston.
This year’s Los Alamos Old Days Parade Grand Marshal is Kathleen Christoferson, 15-year Los Alamos resident, long-time LAVMC community volunteer and board president at the Los Alamos Valley Senior Center. Kathy, as she is known, was born, raised and married her sweetheart Bud in Santa Barbara, retiring to Los Alamos in 2000. They have three grown children (Erik, Suzanne and Stephanie) and six grandchildren. Kathy remarked, “I feel so strongly about volunteering and community involvement. We love our little town and feel blessed to live among many wonderful and caring people. I feel honored as a ‘transplant’ to be chosen as Grand Marshal.” (photo available hi-res; credit Jeffrey Bloom Photography)

Here is the 2015 Los Alamos Old Days schedule of events:

Friday, September 25, 2015

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Chili Kick-Off Dinner: at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street, corner of Centennial & Leslie Street in downtown Los Alamos. Featuring chili by last year’s award-winning chef Jesper Johansson of Cafe Quackenbush, along with first-time competitors Bob’s Well Bread and the 1880 Union Hotel. Also competing this year will be the always popular Bedford Winery, members of the LAVMC, and (if not on call) Los Alamos Station 24 of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. 2015 Chili Kick-Off winner will be announced before evening’s end.

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Dance with the Agin Brothers Band: featuring rock & roll, country-western and popular tunes to kick-up your heels at the Men’s Club. Tickets at the door are $10.00 per person for the chili dinner & dance; OR $7.00 for chili dinner only or $5.00 for the dance only.

Saturday – September 26, 2015

7:00 – 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.

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9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

Peddlers Mart, Artisan Faire & Food Booths featuring arts & crafts, collectibles and more along Bell Street (Hwy 135). Space applications available 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.

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Classic Car Show in association with Carp Events: along Bell Street (Hwy 135).

Entry forms at

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Live Remote Entertainment by KRAZ-FM “Crazy Country” radio along Bell Street.

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tri-Tip Beef Sandwich Sale: cost is $8.00 each at the Men’s Club. Beer Garden and free music on the patio by Bud and the Boys.

3:30 p.m.

Awards Presentation for Los Alamos Old Days “All American Classic Car Show” in Ferrini Park.

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Old Days Silent Auction at the Men’s Club and “Happy Hour. No host bar and music. More than 50 items including gift baskets, wine and collectibles on offer. Light fare will be available for purchase. All proceeds support LAVMC youth activities.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
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. 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 $25 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 by 10:30 a.m.

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 Kathleen Christoferson. Los Alamos native Mia Vasquez will sing the National Anthem. Parade announcer is Los Alamos resident Laura Kath of Mariah Marketing. Free to participate—Entry forms at

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Peddlers Mart, Artisan Faire 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.

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 & live music by Off The Griddle Fiddlers.

5:00 p.m. Celebration concludes. See you next year for the 70th Old Days on September 23-25, 2016!


Carole Bloom, Vice-President, Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club: or 805-344-1144

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