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Mountain Festival Weekend At A Glance Welcome!

Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce presents the 47th Annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival® on Saturday, August 21st & Sunday, August 22nd, 2010. This weekend also marks the 47th Annual Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association’s Rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). There is fun for the entire family.

Pancakes, Parade, Crafts & More A delicious pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. starts Saturday morning’s activities. And for the athletic types, the Mountain Festival Run, hosted this year by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District, the Tehachapi Mountain Search and Rescue and Mercury Graphics will begin at 7:00. a.m. with registration. The 1-mile walk, 5K and 10K Run will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Then comes time to reserve spots along F Street to watch the Tehachapi Mountain Festival® Parade beginning at 10 a.m., with more than 85 entries. After the parade join in the fun at Central Park where there are more than 100 arts, crafts and commercial booths, as well as plenty of food vendors and games for the kids. There is free live entertainment in Central Park on both Saturday and Sunday. See the entertainment schedule on page 10.

Carnival Carnival hours are Friday, August 20th from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21 st from 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 22nd 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., there will be a carnival behind Wells Elementary School with plenty of fun-filled thrilling rides. Presale tickets are available at the Chamber office.

Pet Parade Thursday, August 19th. Fun for everyone. Bring pets of all kinds. Sign

ups are free and begin at 6 p.m. Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at West Park, 490 "D" Street. The Annual Pet Parade is sponsored by the Tehachapi Mountain Dog Fanciers. More information on page 15

return to downtown Tehachapi at Green &“F” Streets. The show will be held on Sunday, August 22nd from 9 am to 3. Parking is “First Come, First Serve”. If you want to park with your club or

History Comes Alive The Tehachapi Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. until 4 during Mountain Festival. There are new exhibits at the Errea house and the museum, an Old West shootout and opportunities to have vintage photos taken of you and your family. (See page 13 for more information.)

Mountain Festival Dance We hope you will choose to spend your Mountain Festival weekend at the V.F.W.

group of friends, plan to arrive together and park. Event parking begins at 7:00 a.m. For more information call 661-821-1781 or visit (For more information on page 7.)

Tehachapi Gem & Mineral Show

PRCA Rodeo Come and celebrate the western heritage of the Tehachapi area at the 47th Annual Tehachapi Mountain PRCA sanctioned Rodeo on August 20 & 21, 2010. Join the excitement at the Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds on Dennison Road as the award winning stock from the Growney Brothers Rodeo Company is matched with some of the finest cowboys and cowgirls. For more information about the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association (TMRA), log on to or call the TMRA office at (661)557RDEO. More information see page 6

together for an arts and crafts faire featuring local artisans. Tehachapi Art Center's Local Arts & Craft Faire can be found at 206 F Street on the corner of F and Robinson Streets in Downtown Tehachapi. (Read the article on page 5 for details on this event.)

The Gem & Mineral show will be held at St. Malachy’s located at 407 West E Street from 9:00 am till 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Festival. For the seventh year, Eonic Endeavor have invited their friends back to the Gem & Mineral Show. Come on by and say hello, bring a rock or you may even want to buy one of our rocks…or gems…or fossils…or not. There is no admission charged and a lot of good knowledge to be shared. (See article on page 9 for details)

Arts and Crafts Not only willl there be arts, crafts and commercial booths in Central Park, over 20 local vendors are coming

Friday Night – August 20th Start your weekend with live music and dancing. Saturday Night – August 21 st Come and enjoy our delicious tritip and hot links dinners, then dance the night away under the stars to another one of your favorite country bands. Dinners are served starting at 6:00 p.m. The V.F.W. is located at 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information, please call 661-822-7500.

McQuires Pub Entertainment is scheduled Friday and Saturday. (See their ad on page 4 for details.)

Moose Lodge The Tehachapi Moose Lodge, located at 123 W. “F” will be open with dancing and dinner Saturday & Sunday August 21 & 22. Breakfast Saturday & Sunday and hotdogs, hambergers and brats throughout the day.Drop by the Moose Lodge anytime and enjoy the activities. (See page 16 for details)

Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory.

FattKatt & The VonZippers

Car Show The 13th Annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival® Car, Truck & Bike Show, “Thunder on the Mountain,” will

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Appearing at Central Park, Sunday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. and at the Moose Lodge, Saturday, 6 p.m. (See page 16 for details)

Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory presents Rob Garrett as Neil Diamond. Tehachapi, CA, August 14, 8:30 pm (dinner at 7:30): If you’re a Neil Diamond fan you won’t want to miss Rob Garrett performing at Pacino’s on August 14. Saturday 1100 W Tehachapi Blvd 822-9400 Saturday August 21st “The Who” tribute band will be performing. (See ad on page 3 for details.)

Live Entertainment

There are so many musicians and bands playing throughout Mountain Festival weekend, that it’s possible to miss a few. To help you get the most out of the Festival we have included a “Live Entertainment” symbol (pictured).

Keep a lookout for this symbol throughout Your Guide to Mountain Festival Weekend to easily locate the live entertainment that will be playing throughout the weekend of August 20-22. We hope you will enjoy this year’s Mountain Festival to the fullest!

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Mountain Festival Theme Artwork About the Artists The art for this year’s Tehachapi Mountain Festival® was created by the combined graphics pizzazz of the gang at ’hachapiTees. Scott and Christi put their heads together to come up with the overall layout. Christi created the image with ink and then turned it over to son, Ray, whoscanned it into the computer and lent his usual brilliance with Photoshop tricks to create the text and final layout. Daughter Lexi kept everyone going with snacks and chit chat. Be sure to buy your very own shirts with this design, available for purchase during the Festival in Central Park. See page 15 for details.

Good Time Badges

WARNING! It’s that time of the year again when that wild bunch of Sheriffs, Desperados, and Ballroom Girls will be hitting the streets and establishments of Tehachapi. They are armed with Good Time Badges, looking for people having a good time without one. The Good Time Badges have the theme and official logo of the 46th

Annual Mountain Festival on them and only cost $1.00. All proceeds will go back into the community. The members of the Local Moose Lodge 1678 have been selling them for some time and enjoy helping each year. So please help out by buying a badge when you see them out and about town. Also, have a great and safe time at this year’s Mountain Festival.

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Tehachapi Mountain Pipes & Drums The Tehachapi Mountain Pipes and Drums is focused on promoting the music of Scottish Piping and Drumming. The emphasis is on fun and camaraderie within the group while maintaining an atmosphere of learning and growth. Band members come from a wide area, Acton to Ridgecrest to Bakersfield and maintain a full schedule of parades, memorials, weddings, business events, funerals, business rallies and public service events. Instructors within the group teach students piping and drumming and alumni of the band are successful pipers and drummers throughout the Western United States and Canada. The Tehachapi Mountain Pipes and Drums is the host band for the International Market Square at the Lancaster Poppy Festival and the Scottish

Games and Gathering in Bakersfield. Past performances include the North American Sheep Dog Championships, Christmas Parades throughout Central and Southern California, The Las Vegas Highland Games, The Special Olympics, the Tehachapi Mountain Festival Parade and Concerts in the Park. Many individual members are very successful in Piping Competitions at Highland Games throughout the Western United States. The Band meets every Thursday in Tehachapi and offers free lessons to anyone willing to commit the time to learning the Great Highland Bagpipe and Scottish Drumming. Please ask any band member how you can join the fun in a relaxed, encouraging, learning atmosphere. Remember, loud pipes save lives!

Tehachapi Mountain Pipes & Drums Playing in Central Park Saturday Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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August 21, 10 a.m.

Mountain Festival Parade by David & Barbara Shaw - Parade Co-Chairs From all the members of the Parade Committee, we wish everyone the best during the Tehachapi Mountain Festival®. To put on the parade takes many hours of planning and preparation. It is through the hard work of the committee members that enables us to put on such an event. This year we expect about 5000 people to attend and about 100 entries to participate. One of the best places to view the parade is downtown where one can be treated to announcing of the parade by Dan Jackson. The entries range from bands and equestrians to commercial floats and color guards. The parade committee is made up of several different task groups. Entry, which makes sure that all the participants are checked in and lined up correctly. Equestrian, which handles all aspects of the

equestrian groups, checking in, lining up, and judging. Route, which makes sure the parade keeps going with few interruptions. All this is done by about ten dedicated volunteers. A special thanks must also go to Benz, Inc. for their exclusive sponsorship, for without their support none of this would be possible. Come see the local celebrities, fun floats, high school band, horses, clowns, and much more. The entries will be judged and trophies awarded to winners. Don’t forget to pick up your trophy at the Park Gazebo. The parade route is from Big K-Mart down “F “Street. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2010. So, sit back and enjoy the morning in the great mountain air of Tehachapi and watch the parade go by.

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August 21, 10a-5p & August 22, 10a-4p

Arts & Craft Fair Features Local Artisans storytellers on the Art Center stage, both The City of Tehachapi will be a Saturday and Sunday, thanks to music happenin’ place this summer on the weekend coordination by the good folks at Mountain of August 21-22 – lots of people in town, Music. and lots of things for them to do during the New this year at TAC’s fair will be Tehachapi Mountain Festival® celebration. Mountain Music’s “Petting Zoo,” offering One of the unique things for people to visitors a chance to try a variety of musical do that weekend will be to visit Tehachapi instruments (a true “hands on” experience). Art Center’s 5th Annual Local Arts and Craft The Zoo will be offered in the new Fiddlers Fair, this year to be held in the Mountain Crossing space right on the Mountain Music Music parking lot in partnership with premesis. Mountain Music. Mountain Music is located at 206 F Answering a community need (not to Street, at the end of the Mountain Festival mention a number of specific requests) for parade route (one block south of Tehachapi local businesses/arts and craft promotion, Boulevard on Robinson); call 822-6794 for Tehachapi Art Center is offering the fair more information or directions. during Mountain Festival weekend to For information on other activities compliment the other activities in town by around town during Mountain Festival giving local artisans a chance to show off and weekend, keep this paper handy sell their works, and giving visitors a chance and be sure to check out to see what our very own residents and businesses can do. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Over 20 vendors, including Mountain Music/Fiddlers Crossing and TAC’s Olde Towne Studio, will set up tents and booths in the parking lot on the corner of F and Robinson Streets to offer a variety of hand-crafted items and original works of art (more commercial vendors can be found at Central Park that weekend). Music is always a big part of the Local Arts and Crafts fair This year too we will be during MountainFest Weekend, this year co-hosted by featuring live music by local Tehachapi Art Center and Mountain Music. Photo by Mel White entertainers, poets and

During Mountain Festival weekend horses are welcome at Tehachapi Art Center’s arts and crafts fair, located in the Mountain Music parking lot. photo by Mel White

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August 21, 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

August 20 & 21

Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo Submitted by Marilyn Morphis The 2010 Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo promises to be bigger and better than ever. Come and celebrate the western heritage of Tehachapi at the 47th Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo at the Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds on Dennison Road. Festivities this year will begin on Friday evening, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. with the splendor of the Grand Entry. Saturday, August 21st, performance will be 5:00 p.m. and will include coronation of the 2010 Rodeo Queen and more rodeo action. Tickets will be available at pre-sale rates at Albertson’s Customer Service Booth, Hemme Hay, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce on Tehachapi Blvd. Presale prices are $13 for adults and $10 for children 8-12 and senior 55 and over and military with ID. Children 7 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets will be on sale at the gate prior to both performances. Gate prices are $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. The weekend of the event is a culmination of many days of volunteer labor performed willingly by a host of dedicated people. It is because of these good citizens that the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association is able to carry on the time honored tradition of rodeo here in the valley and the annual rodeo is the success it is. This group had to raise between thirty and forty thousand dollars to be able to pay the necessary bills. This year the business community, along with private individuals, have stepped up and helped raise those funds. The sponsors are the back bone and the lifeblood of our western way of life in the rodeo arena. Throughout the rodeo competition the cowboy and cowgirl athletes will be competing for more than $30,000.00 in prize money. This and the need to gather points toward year end California Circuit and Wrangler National Finals berths has brought many of the top rodeo athletes to our community again this year. To round out the weekend there also will be two of the best rodeo bullfighters and one of the best barrel men and clowns in the business today

coming to work the rodeo. In addition to the talent on the ground there will be great pickup men that are in charge of cowboy assists and livestock care. As a committee and as community sponsors, the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association’s commitment is to the fans that fill the stands during the two day rodeo. It is believed with the change of the date of the rodeo to Friday evenings this year that watching the rodeo in the cool of the evening will make it even that much more enjoyable. The association wants everyone to sit back and get involved from the first opening of the gate when the Grand Entry comes into the arena, until the last wild bull bucks out of the chute. Everyone is bid welcome to this local opportunity to re-establish their western roots or deepen them with another walk into the “Western Way of Life,” your Tehachapi Mountain Pro Rodeo. Come on out in the cool of the evening on Friday night, August 20th and enjoy the first of two days of Rodeo fun. New lighting has also be installed at the Rodeo grounds on Dennison Road which promises to make the evening even better. The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo and the West. They support the community and other non-profit organization through the staging of the annual Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo and other year round events such as their annual Loop Ranch Trail Ride in May and the Bad Bulls Tour every 4th of July. Through fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association returns profits annually to several local non-profit organizations; namely The Tehachapi Hospital Foundation. It is a goal of the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association to help raise funds that will go toward the building of a new hospital for Tehachapi. For more information about the TMRA, log on to or call the TMRA office at (661)557-RDEO.

Festival Pancake Breakfast Before heading to any of the Festival events on Saturday, August 21st, come and enjoy breakfast cooked by the Royal Rangers of Tehachapi in the Veterans Hall at 125 East F Street. Breakfast will be available from 7 – 9:30 a.m. The Royal Rangers will be serving their traditional “all you can eat” Mountain Festival Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice will be available within steps of the festival parade. Tickets are on sale now and advance ticket prices are $5 for adults while children 10 years and under can eat for just $4. Tickets bought at the

door will cost 50 cents more. The Royal Ranger is a Christian organization for boys, ages five through 14. Camping out is among their many activities, along with trips to Knott’s Berry Farm and Magic Mountain. The boys also participate in an annual derby involving model cars handmade from wood blocks. The Royal Rangers hold their meetings at the Christian Life Assembly Church on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Shawn Lundquist at 661-8223813 for more information. Tickets will also be available at the Chamber office.

Gary Jones Returns as Mountain Festival Entertainment Master of Ceremonies

Gary Jones was in charge of the sound for Mountain Festival’s live entertainment last year and what a great time we all had! Gary has a degree in Recording Engineering and Live Sound from Sound Master Schools in North Hollywood which he received way back in 1983. In this photo Gary displays his skills along with his professional sound equipment. We’re looking forward to another great event.

Pretty girls doing amazing things on horseback, handsome cowboys competing for the prize, a great time will be had by all at this years Rodeo. photo by Sam White

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August 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tehachapi Car Club revs up for Mountain Festival The 13th Annual Thunder on the Mountain Car and Truck Show will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2010 in Downtown Tehachapi, centered on Green Street. Pre-registration is encouraged as we have limited space. Registration forms are available at retailers throughout Tehachapi, or online at or If you have questions, please call (661) 821-1781. Event parking begins promptly at 7:00 AM with the show running from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. If you plan to attend with friends or a group, please plan to arrive together as parking constraints won’t allow us to save spaces. We encourage interested parties to pre-register as the 2009 show sold out completely two weeks before the show and we had to turn people away. This year the event will again be broadcast live throughout the downtown area beginning with an honor to our soldiers, both past and present, with the National Anthem and an Honor Guard

from our local VFW. Broadcasts will keep visitors up on raffle drawings, interviews with car owners and visitors, trophy winners, and more. This year there will be almost 90 trophies awarded to the winning vehicles. There will be both 1st and 2nd place awards in each class. To see categories please visit the web site. This is a fund raising event with 100% of all proceeds going directly to The Eileen McPhee Memorial Scholarship and other local charity and community organizations. Last year we raised $19,700.00 and hope to top that amount this year. In addition to some of the most breathtaking cars and trucks you’ll see anywhere, we have raffle tickets available for such prizes as a Large Flat Screen TV, Hot Rod BBQ, two propane BBQs, and a Wii with a Sports Package. There will also be hundreds of smaller prizes generously donated by local businesses for the small raffles on the day of the show.

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August 20 & 21 • 6 p.m.

August 20 ~ 22

VFW Dance We hope you will choose to spend your Mountain Festival weekend at the V.F.W.

Carnival is Fun for All Ages

and hot links dinners, then dance the night away under the stars to another one of your favorite country bands. Dinners are served starting at 6:00 p.m. The V.F.W. is located at 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information, please call 661-822-7500.

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Photo by Sam White

Friday Night – August 20th Start your weekend with live music and dancing. Saturday Night – August 21st Come and enjoy our delicious tri-tip

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The excitement of the Carnival will again be part of Mountain Festival. The rides, the lights, the fun! There will be rides and fun for all ages. The Carnival will be located at Wells School Playground. Carnival hours are Friday, August 20th from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21st from 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 22nd 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Presale tickets at a reduced price will be available at the Chamber office beginning Friday, July 23, 2010. Presale tickets will be 20 tickets for $12.00, at the carnival booth ticket prices will be 1 ticket for $1.00, 20 tickets for $18.00 and 32 tickets for $24.00. Sunday, August 22nd will

be “Pay One Price” day. The presale price for a wristband that will enable you to ride as often as you like will be $20.00; on Sunday at carnival booth cost is $25.00. Wrist Bands are good for Sunday, 22nd Only. Come by the Chamber office and get your Carnival presale tickets at a reduced price. The last day to purchase your tickets and wristbands at this special price will be Thursday, August 19th at 12:00 p.m. The Chamber office is located at 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd. Office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. For more information call 661-822-4180.

The Ridge Route Romeos The Ridge Route Romeos’ approach to music is pretty simple: Fill the tank with straight-ahead American rock & roll, add a liberal dose of twang, and put the hammer down! The Romeos are the typical “boys next door” – if you happen to live next door to a dive bar in the middle of an adults-only trailer park, with the jukebox stuck at full volume! With rollicking songs about love gone wrong, drinking binges gone right, fast trains, slow thinking, good times, and bad decisions, the band’s mission is to deliver their unique interpretation of the “Bakersfield Sound”, which they describe as “something you’ll probably never hear on Bakersfield radio”. Since their inception in 2007, The Ridge Route Romeos are building a fan base among roots-rock fans in the Los Angeles and Bakersfield areas. They’re currently in the studio working on their debut CD, slated for release this fall. Session ace Marty Rifkin who performs with such musical legends as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakum, and Glen Campbell – is working with the band on mixing and mastering the disc, tentatively titled “Lock Up Your Moms…It’s the Ridge Route Romeos!” The band consists of: Steve Austin on guitar, harp, and vocals; John Guy

on bass and backing vocals; and Steven Mayer on drums and backing vocals. Appearing with the band again at this year’s Mountain Festival will be Los Angeles session guitarist John Groover McDuffie, who’s appeared with a veritable “who’s who” on the local and national music scene. When asked about the band’s somewhat ironic name, Austin explains: “’Ridge Route’ — for those of you who ain’t from around these parts — is a reference to the old highway connecting Bakersfield and Los Angeles. “Romeos” is a tongue-in cheek reference to the band’s composition of middle-aged guys who aren’t exactly the physical specimens we used to be. It’s our way of saying we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Contrary to popular opinion, irony isn’t quite dead yet.” Call it roots-rock, Americana, twang, country rock, rockabilly, or just plain rock and roll...the Ridge Route Romeos play music for people who like to party! The Ridge Route Romeos will be taking the gazebo stage at 3:30 pm, immediately after the Hooverville Rounders on Saturday afternoon. This will be their third appearance at the Tehachapi Mountain Festival. You can see some live videos of the band at

Appearing at Central Park, Saturday • 3:30 to 5 p. m.

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August 20 - 22

Gem and Mineral Show This will be the sixth year our Gem and Mineral Show will be held as part of the Tehachapi Mountain Festival. The show, sponsored by Eonic Endeavor and St. Malachys Church, has grown and the vendors are all very excited about the new location. With over thirty vendors coming back this year, St. Malachys’ Mullholland Hall and parking area will be filled with Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Lapidary Equipment, and Tools available for purchase. Hand crafted Jewelry, Jewelry making supplies, as well as hand polished and sculpted rocks will be available for addition to your collections. Our vendors will always take the time to answer your question and

are always eager to share their knowledge. There will be demonstrations on the technique of making your own beads offered over the course of the show. There will also be a Machine running demonstrating the making of a Sphere. A presentation about the minerals found at the Borax mine will be made several times by a member of the Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society. We are very pleased to have a registered Gemologist at the show. Not only can he answer your questions, but he also has beautiful gem creations you may purchase for your personal enjoyment. In addition there will be several Geologists familiar with the local area.

Members of the Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society will be available to answer questions, take applications, and register new members. They will be fund raising, by offering among other things Geodes from Dugway Utah. You pick a geode for a reasonable price, a member will cut the geode in half for a small fee while you wait, and you get to be the first person to see what is inside and you take home the pair. The spinning wheel with its’ myriad of prizes will also be set up and spinning. There will be Food and Cold Drinks available and Raffles for spectacular prizes. Lots of free convenient parking, and a lot of smiling faces glad to see you. Come on by St. Malachy Catholic Church,

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407 West E. Street from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the Festival and visit the following vendors: Eonic Endeavor, Robert Papac Jewelry, Lizzie Designs, Morphed Rocks Jewelry, Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society, OEX Traders Club, Linda Ball, Hernandez Interprises, The Gastineaus, Earths Gems and Minerals, The Fathers, Rough Material, Earths Naturals, Arianas Gems, KD Enterprises, Perias Jewelry, Johnson Brothers Tools, Jims Gems, Crystal Monster, The Tool Man, Geosoul Arts, John Banks Silver, Mountain Treasures, The Abalone King, Ancient Graveyards, Mazourka Mining Company, Bear Valley Springs Sports Boosters, and more.

Homeward Bound

Appearing at Central Park, Sunday, 10:45 a.m. The band was formed in July of 2009 by Ron Kelbaugh who plays bass and shares lead vocals. Original member, Kathleen Gair, plays rhythm guitar and also shares lead vocals. After going through a couple of personnel changes, the band found it’s winning combination of sounds when lead guitarist Gary Levin and vocalist and percussionist AJ O’Malley joined the group in

March of this year. The group plays a wide variety of easy-listening musical genres, from folk to country, oldies to pop, and ballads to soft rock, all done in tight three and four-part harmonies. They can be heard during the dinner hours on the first and third Fridays at La Bella Amore Italian Bistro, and the first and third Sundays at the Appleshed, here in Tehachapi.

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On Saturday, August 21st , Master Ivan Jadric and his Tehachapi Martial Arts students will perform a fun and exciting demo, at Central Park, during this years Tehachapi Mountain Festival®. This is one demo you do not want to miss. “Our students really enjoy performing and showing the audience what they learn in class,” said Mr. Jadric. “We have students of all ages and abilities. We always strive to instill in our students self respect, discipline, & the motivation to always do their best.” The Tehachapi Martial Art’s Black Belts and students will demonstrate material from Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Kung Fu, & Tai Chi. You will also get to see students break boards and bricks. So, bring your family and a nice blanket to

relax on as you watch the Tehachapi Martial Arts Centers demo in action. You will enjoy being a part of this Mountain Festival Activity. Demo starts at 12:00 p.m.

Appearing at Central Park August 21 • 12 p.m.

Tehachapi Pops Orchestra The Tehachapi Pops Orchestra, or TPOPS as it’s become known, gave its debut performance at the 2007 Mountain Festival to rave reviews. Under the direction of Robby Martinez, professor of music at Bakersfield College, the ensemble has already become a popular fixture of Tehachapi’s musical community. The 50 or so members range from young students to retired adults, including some who are just starting up again after not playing for years. This year’s festival will again be graced by the orchestra on Sunday afternoon in Central Park at 12:30 p.m. The repertoire is a mix of show tunes, rock, mariachi and fiddle tunes, patriotic songs and marches, and other pieces in the “pop”

genre. The purpose of the Tehachapi Pops Orchestra is both to provide a fun musical ensemble experience for musicians of all ages and ability, and also to be available to play for community events. The orchestra welcomes new members at any time. Rehearsals are Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Jude’s Anglican Church on Curry Street. All orchestral and band instruments are welcome, and the music level is about a high school level. For more information, please call Mountain Music 823-9994. Appearing at Central Park August 22 • 12:30 p.m.


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Exhibits & Events at the Museum Submitted by Charles White The inaugural exhibit features examples of old basketry and many vintage family photos of Kawaiisu and their descendents. Rock art illustrations from area sites show the diversity of images and a section on the prehistoric and archeological makeup of the area shows tools, vessels and projectile points collected locally, along with a map showing early village sites. A smaller gallery offers Victorian blouses, vintage hats, Victorian dresses and a peek into Lottie Lee’s store, which served generations of Tehachapi residents. Also on display is a dress belonging to Mrs. Downey, the Governor’s wife who perished in a railroad accident in Tehachapi in 1883. On Saturday, starting around 1p.m. and again at 2 p.m., a live shootout will take place in front of the museum, presented by Old West Today, a group of rowdy historical recreators, with floozies, saloon girls, cowboys and other assorted characters. Their antics have proven to be a popular event at the Kawaiisu exhibit in the Milano Gallery Museum each year

Local artifacts collected over the past 38 years, such as the four-foot long Mammoth thighbone, a full-sized horse drawn buggy and the recreated blacksmith shop help tell Tehachapi’s story at the Tehachapi Museum. Across the street, the Errea House Museum shows rural life in a 1900 to 1930 setting, in a house moved from Old Town on log rollers in 1900. Both are operated by the Tehachapi Heritage League, with each museum telling a part of the history of Tehachapi. A newly added Kawaiisu exhibit in the Mark and Jessie Milano Gallery of the museum tells the story of the Kawaiisu Indians, the first inhabitants of this area.

during the Mountain Festival. Ernie Fong will demonstrate origami and how to make an origami frog, along with the “jumping” technique. Special displays in the museum feature local history. Wouldn’t it be fun to dress up and have a photo to take home showing you as you might have appeared in an earlier time period? That’s exactly what we think! Many old garments and hats have been assembled under the direction of Deana Doran, retired Hollywood costumer. Call 821-4821 for an appointment. Photos will be taken by Tehachapi professional photographer Vicky Hoffman, at the Errea House. The carefully tended, turn of the century Errea Garden at the Historic Errea House will also be open. Museum Hours will be 10am to 4:pm Friday and Sunday and 10am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. The Museum is located at 310 South Green Street, a short walk from the park with the Errea House directly across the street.

railroad in Tehachapi and a song about a little, lost dog for animal rescue organizations. He is currently writing and recording a new CD and will be performing the new songs as well as old favorites like Tehachapi Wind at Fiddler’s Crossing. He’s a colorful character and story-teller and is currently writing a book about his adventures as a road musician. Part of his story will be out shortly in a book by John Connelly. His wife, JoAnn is a talented painter and exhibits locally. They moved to Redwing Ranch in Tehachapi’s Sand Canyon in 1989 and have no intention of leaving. His videos may be seen at his website

Have a vintage photo taken in a provided costume

Tehachapi Academy of Performing Arts The dancers from T.A.P.A. will be appearing at Central Park on August 22, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tony Vice “My earliest memory is singing and dancing in the aisle of a train carrying troops to Camp Shelby, Mississippi during WW II.”, says Tony. He has been playing music for over fifty years and played professionally for over twenty five of those.(“I only got beat up four times”, he says.) He comments, “I was lucky to have been playing when you could make a living in music.” He began as a gospel piano player and singer in his teens and as a country musician played from Carnegie Hall to the Palomino. Along the way Tony has played at events at the Autry Western Heritage Museum, Elko, Monterey, Stagecoach Music Festival, the Lone Pine Film Festival and Calico Ghost Town. He also played at the Bluebird in Nashville and as opening act to Chely Wright and Restless Heart. His songs are frequently played internationally by cowboy DJs. He stays busy performing locally and around California. He’s taught college and high school, sold shoes, moved furniture, driven trucks, and been a researcher for an Ivy League think tank, a preacher, janitor, carpenter, band leader, lead guitar player, harmony singer and front man. “Never a dull moment”, he says. Tony writes a broad variety of music. Shake & Bake was on the sound track of a surf video. Dr. Demento used to play his novelty songs, and Let’s Ride Into the Sunset Together was used in a couple of TV series, He continues to write and record and has released a CD of original cowboy music called Music From Redwing Ranch. . He recently wrote and recorded a song about the California wildfires, a thoughtful song about the future of the planet, a song about the

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Registration at August 21 7 a.m.

Mountain Festival Summer Fun Run Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Parks District will once again sponsor the Mountain Festival Summer Fun Run on Saturday, August 21, 2010. All runners, walkers, Moms and Dads with babies in carriages, and senior citizens are welcomed to compete in the 1 mile walk, 5K and 10K event. We have categories for all runners ages 8 to 70. Participants will receive refreshments to round out a morning of exercise and good fellowship in the cool, clear air of Tehachapi. Registration forms are available online at or or may be picked up at the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, the Tehachapi Library, Tehachapi City Hall and Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District office. Information and map of route for 5k and 10k will also be available online soon. Pre-registration cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt. Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, August 11th. Registration the day of the event is $25 and no T-shirt Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the race will start at 8:00 a.m. T-shirts will be available for purchase on race day. Contact Info: Sandy Chavez, Recreation Specialist – 822-3228 ext. 13 or email

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Preparing for the 5K Summer Fun Run by Christopher Gray

As Mountain Festival rapidly approaches, many of you may be preparing for the “5K/10K Summer Fun Run” on Saturday, August 21st. Running for fitness is an excellent and popular form of aerobic exercise, however many joggers find themselves on a physical therapist’s treatment table due to a variety of nagging musculoskeletal pains. There is a well known axiom in the therapy and training world that states “you should not run to get in shape, you have to be in shape to run”. This golden rule is continually broken leading to injuries from repetitive strain, training overload and inefficient movements. There are many corrective and “pre-hab” exercises that can be prescribed by a physical therapist or fitness professional to help reduce the chances of pain and injury. However, the purpose of this article is to focus on three running skill fundamentals for the novice runner. 1. High stride rate – It is important to maintain a stride rate above 180 steps/minute. This means that a runner should complete ninety or more cycles (right foot strikes) in one minute. The easiest way to determine your strike rate is to count the number of times your right foot lands during one minute of running. Repeat the one minute runs at different speeds from an easy jog to sprint speed. While the rate should not change, the stride length will increase with your speed. For a training runner, the stride length will increase as fitness and leg strength improves; thus leading to faster speeds. Novice runners tend to jog with a slower cadence which increases the impact at each foot strike. This is because long, slow strides will increase the vertical displacement of the body leading to greater force through the foot. This increase in force is transferred all the way up through the leg and into the low back and neck. A higher stride rate lessens the impact, which is increasingly important with longer runs and a higher volume of steps. 2. Tall Posture – Maintaining a good, proud posture with the head up and the back straight is essential for all other running mechanics to occur. Allowing the shoulders to slump and the hips to fall back will increase stress across the joints instead of the

muscles. Therapists call this “hanging on your joints” and every arthritic patient can attest to damage caused by excessive joint stress. Focusing on keeping the hips forward and the spine tall will not only decrease joint stress, but will also improve muscle power, running endurance and breathing ability. 3. Midfoot strike (Do not heel strike!) – New runners should pay close attention to how their foot hits the ground. The ball of the foot should be the first to contact the running surface. This is the most common misconception on running form. Both heel and toe striking during running can lead to leg pain and injury. New runners commonly complain of “shin splints” and this pain is usually attributed to improper landing of the foot. “Toe runners” tend to experience medial shin splints (along the inside of the lower leg) due to over-activity of the muscles in the region attempting to control the body’s weight over the ankle. Runners landing heel first, which is more common with recreational joggers, tend to experience lateral shin splints (outside of the lower leg). After the heel strike, the Anterior tibialis muscle is required to slow the descent of the forefoot towards the ground; which can lead to repetitive irritation at the muscle’s attachment site in the lower leg. Interestingly, one of the easiest ways to ensure proper midfoot strike is to follow the previous two recommendations and maintain a stride rate above 90 rpm and focus on tall posture. There are many highly technical running methods (Pose, BoschKlomp, Evolution) that can be utilized by all runners to improve efficiency and speed. However, the recreational jogger or novice runner can experience greater enjoyment and less pain with the three easy steps in this article. So remember to increase your stride rate, keep your posture tall and land on the ball of your foot. Follow these cues and you will increase your chances of staying on the jogging path instead of lying on the treatment table. Christopher Gray, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, Tehachapi Physical Therapy, TVHD.

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Official Mountain Festival T-Shirts on Sale Now The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce has official Tehachapi Mountain Festival® T-Shirts for sale. Join in the 47 th Anniversary celebration. T-Shirts are $14 each or 2 for $23, 2XL $15 each or 2 for $25. Stop by the Chamber office today at 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information call 661-822-4180.

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Join the Pet Parade Children bring your favorite animal or pet to the Pet Parade on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Read Field. The Tehachapi Mountain Dog Fanciers is sponsoring the parade. Line-ups will be on a first come first serve basis, so plan to arrive before 6 p.m., since the parade begins promptly at 6 p.m. The judging of each category starts at 6:30 p.m. Prizes for first place in all categories. All participants will receive a ribbon. In addition, first place winners will be eligible to participate in the Tehachapi Mountain

Festival® Parade on Saturday morning. The judging categories will be: • Most unusual pet • Best look-alike costumed owner & pet • Pet and owner look alike (costume) • Best Trick •Tallest pet • Shortest legs • Best tail wagger • Howling contest Entry forms are available at the Chamber office and the Tehachapi Mountain Festival® website at or immediately prior to judging at Read

Field. Parents, be sure your child can handle their pets and that all pets have leashes or can be controlled!

Tehachapi High School Marching Band The Tehachapi High School Warrior Band will be performing at the Tehachapi Mountain Festival®. The group marched the last three years in the Bakersfield Christmas Parade and received “rave reviews”. You can usually see and hear them during the football season and at concerts during the year.

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FattKatt & The VonZippers was wholesome and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They perform formed in December of 1999 in regularly at Buck Owens Crystal Bakersfield, California. The band Palace. For band info visit them members come from various online at . backgrounds and experiences with a mutual love of Rockabilly Music. The members are FattKatt on Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals, Billyray Rock’it on Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Hotrod on Bass Guitar and Styx on Drums/Backing Vocals. They play 50’s, 60’s Rock & Roll, Country, and Appearing at Central Park, Sunday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. and at original music. Their the Moose Lodge, Saturday, 6 p.m. sound is clean and

The Tehachapi Moose Lodge joins the fun for Mountain Festival August 20 & 21 • 6 p.m. Breakfast available both days at 9 a.m. On Friday, August 20th the Tehachapi Moose Lodge will be holding a dinner and a dance for the 2010 Mountain festival starting at 6 p.m. For your musical entertainment we will be presenting Jimmy Phillips and Tommy Hays with the Swingsters. Both Hays and Phillips were selected to receive the honor of being inducted into the Western Swingers Hall of Fame in October. The Swingsters have recently performed at The Crystal Palace, The Bishop Indian Casino and opened for Meryl Haggard. Included in the band are Tracy Barns, and Marie Werth. Tickets for the delicious chicken

dinner (provided by the Women of the Moose) and surprise filled evening will be $5.50 for members and their guests. Children 10 and under will be $4. Then on Saturday at 6 p.m. we will be having barbecue ribs, baked beans and cornbread with a salad. For $8 the music following dinner will be the Fat cats & Von Zipper, we will also be having Hot dogs, hamburgers, brats and tri tip in our parking lot on Saturday for the parade and Sunday for the car show. We will also be serving breakfast Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. If you are interested in becoming a Moose Lodge member stop down and see us and we can sign you up.

Blue Mountain Tribe Blue Mountain Tribe” is a viable force to “Fantasia” & The United States Marine Drum be reckoned with. Comprised mostly of Native & Bugle Corps. Last but not least...”Rockin American Robin” Hairston Musicians, known as they perform “Bubba”. Bubba both Blues & has played for the Classic Rock “Jeffrey James Venues Band”, the catering to “Travis Dempsey whatever Blues Band”, has your opened for “B.B. occasion calls King” & was a for. All are member of “Full seasoned Armour” & professionals “Power City” with a touring all over multitude of the country. expertise & “BLUE Appearing at Central Park, Sunday, 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. experience, MOUNTAIN with one TRIBE” has exception......20 yr. old Caleb Hairston, a child performed throughout California & is available prodigy, referred to as “the phenomenon”. for special appearances, at events and The Band Is: Lead Guitar...Caleb Hairston nightclubs. Interested parties leave private Guitar, Lead Vocals......Hank msg. in “MYSPACE” mailbox with your Thorpe..........formerly of “Mud Fish” fame contact information & you will be contacted Bass & Vocals...Dan Shippey...Also formerly of within 48 hours by band representative. If you “Mud Fish”. Drums...Rob Scott want to hit us up for any shows, call Rockin Cohn...Incomparable percussionist from Robin “Bubba” at (661) 810-8709.

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The Hooverville Rounders influences as Johnny Winter, Richard Betts, Returning for a fifth consecutive Doc Watson, and Robert Johnson. Mandolin appearance at the Tehachapi Mountain player “Dust Bowl” Dave Ryan has played Festival, the Hooverville Rounders are becoming “Tehachapi’s other institution”. Fun Bluegrass, Folk, and Celtic music at festivals, nightclubs, coffee houses, and farmers’ for the whole family, the perennial crowdmarkets in and around Southern California pleasers will be playing in the park on “since Old Shep was a pup”. His playing is a Saturday afternoon combination of from 1:45 - 3:15 contemporary pm. Although the and traditional band rarely styles, and his performs these influences days due to the include Sam members’ other Bush, David musical pursuits, Grisman, and Bill the Rounders still Monroe. Holding play a few dates it all together is here and there, and rock-solid bassist the Mountain Dave “The Festival is a show Groover” Grover. they look forward Appearing at Central Park, Groover has a to every year. Sunday. 1:45 to 3:15p.m. degree in music, The and has toured Hooverville and recorded with such luminaries as Elvin Rounders are an acoustic band drawing from Bishop, Mickey Thomas, Rufus, and Chaka diverse influences, including bluegrass, folk, Khan. “We’re still wondering what somebody gospel, country, rock, blues, honky-tonk, Texwith Groover’s credentials is doing playing Mex, Cajun, and “whatcha got?” Formerly with us — we suspect the witness protection full-time musicians, each of the Rounders now program may have driven him underground”, has a career outside of music. The desire to says Steve, “Actually, I’m honored to be play and the love of music is the bond that playing with all of these guys. It’s a lot of fun keeps them performing. In describing the to play with musicians of their caliber”. band’s musical style, banjo player and vocalist In addition to regular rotation on Steve Austin says, “I guess we’d fall into numerous college and Internet radio stations, what’s now called ‘Americana’, which is a the Hooverville Rounders have appeared on broad-brush term for musicians lacking fashion the MTV series, “Date My Mom”, in which sense and choreography. If Bakersfield had a they’re featured playing an instrumental delta, and that delta had a sound, it might version of “My Old Kentucky Home”, and sound something like the Hooverville fans of the popular HBO series, “Entourage”, Rounders”. Guitarist Dave Currall calls it may recognize the Rounders’ Steve Austin and “Blues-Grazz”. Dave Currall playing in the final scene of Friends since childhood, Steve Austin and episode 509, “Pie” (along with Tehachapi guitarist Dave Currall played together in a resident John Kamplain on bass and occasional variety of country and rock bands in the ‘70’s Rounder Rob “Iceman” Posey of Bakersfield and ‘80’s, including “Saddle Tramp”, “Deuces on mandolin.) The song, “Cindy”, from their Wild”, and “Wingus Holler”. After pursuing numerous musical projects individually and with CD, “Good Time Music for the New Depression”, is featured in the show’s other bands over the years, Steve and Dave soundtrack. The Rounders have shared the joined forces with mandolin player “Dust bill with the likes of Roy Clark, the Nitty Bowl” Dave Ryan to form the Hooverville Gritty Dirt Band, Doyle Lawson & Rounders in 2005. With the addition of bassist Quicksilver, Cherryholmes, Rosie Flores, Dave “The Groover” Grover, the lineup was John Corbett, and the Dillards. Their complete. Originally a guitarist, Steve received interpretation of “Lost Weekend” is featured his first banjo as a Christmas present from thenon the recently released tribute CD, girlfriend (now-wife) Cindy…who married him “Goldmine- The Songs of Buddy Blue”. despite the fact that he actually insists on You can find out more about the playing the darned thing. Among his heroes are Hooverville Rounders — including music such legendary banjo pickers as Earl Scruggs, samples— at their Web site, Bela Fleck, and Doug Dillard. Guitar virtuoso, or at Dave Currall has established a reputation as one of the area’s top guitarists, citing such diverse

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Pat Strong Trio + 2 The Pat Strong Trio + 2 performs music classified as easy listening. It is sung in three-part harmony, and includes folk, ballads, jazz, originals and oldies in a mix to please all ages. Pat Strong is the lead vocalist and guitar player. Her full-bodied melodious voice and unique style make each song her own. Writing her own songs, her favorite, “Come Sit on My Porch,” is featured as the title song on the groups’ latest CD. Bonnie Tosunian is a new singer in the group. Her extensive voice range and “bluesey” harmonious sound make her a wonderful addition. Casey Papac blends her alto harmony with Pat and Bonnie for an appreciated depth of sound.

Lisa Cosgrove is the group’s enthusiastic bass player; she definitely adds a lot of fullness to the mix. Jack Hill, stunt guitarist, new with the group, also plays harmonica and sings. His many years of music experience make him an asset to the group, especially on lead guitar. The group plays every fourth Friday at La Bella Amore, and every fourth Saturday at the Apple Shed, both local dining establishments in Tehachapi. Two or three of them also play every Tuesday at the Wine & Cheese Cellar. Additionally, the group plays at wine tasting events, Farmer’s Market, Mountain Festival, and various other parties and events in the Tehachapi area. The group has 3 CDs available for $10.00 each.

Appearing at Central Park, Sunday. 10 to 10:45 a.m.

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2010 Miss Rodeo Tehachapi Pageant The Rodeo Queen Pageant is sponsored by the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association and held annually in conjunction with the Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo, which this year will be held Friday evening, August 20th and Saturday afternoon, August 21st, during the Tehachapi Mountain Festival. There are three age divisions; 9-12, 13-17 and 18-24. Contestants compete for the coveted crowns of Miss Rodeo Tehachapi, Jr. Miss Rodeo Tehachapi and Little Miss Rodeo Tehachapi by competing in

horsemanship, public speaking, and poise and personality. The winner in each division will receive a trophy saddle, crown and belt buckle. The winner of the Miss Rodeo Tehachapi division will go on to represent the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association at the state level by running for Miss Rodeo California. There are also awards for most photogenic and congeniality. The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Queen Pageant offers young women the opportunity to receive one of the richest

experiences of their lives; while at the same time creates solid foundations for their future endeavors. Lifelong friendships are made and many doors are opened to the competitors, as well as the young lady selected to wear the coveted crown, becomes a part of a great legacy and part of history; yesterday, today and tomorrow. For more than 30 years, Miss Rodeo Tehachapi has promoted and represented the great sport of professional rodeo and the western way of life. She is a cowgirl, an athlete and a

gifted communicator who knows her sport and works diligently to raise the awareness level of professional rodeo and its related industries. Miss Rodeo Tehachapi is the ideal western type girl who, with great enthusiasm, takes to heart the job of representing America’s number one sport. Applications are available year round on the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association website or by contacting Rodeo Queen Pageant Coordinator, Marilyn Morphis at (661) 549-1289.

Current Rodeo Royalty Sophia Fisher 2009 Miss Rodeo Tehachapi

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Sophia Fisher is the 23-year-old daughter of Larry and Jennifer Fisher of Clovis, California. Sophia is currently a senior at California State University Fresno, where she has a 4.0 GPA. Once she graduates from college with her Bachelors Degree, she plans to further pursue her education, by completing her teaching credential and Masters Degree. Her goal is to teach elementary education at the primary grade level. Although, Sophia lives quite a distance from Tehachapi, she has not let that get in her way of fulfilling her obligations as Miss Rodeo Tehachapi. She has a passion for the sport of Rodeo and that is evident in her efforts to promote the sport and the Tehachapi Rodeo wherever she goes with grace, poise, a great knowledge of the sport, and a beautiful smile. We could not have asked for a more beautiful and charming young women to represent the TMRA and its Rodeo for the 2009-2010 rodeo season. She has already ridden in and represented Tehachapi at the Barstow Rodeo, The California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Norco last fall, the Clovis Rodeo, Springville Rodeo, Hesperia Rodeo and the Bakersfield Stampede Rodeo, along with several other rodeos and

parades throughout California. Sophia also has the opportunity to run for the coveted title of Miss Rodeo California which will be held in Paso Robles in October if she chooses. The Tehachapi Rodeo and the community would be honored if she chooses to take the opportunity. She will be a great representative for Tehachapi. If she chooses to compete at Miss Rodeo California and should she win that title, she would then be eligible to compete in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant held in conjunction with the WNFR in Las Vegas the following December.

Taylor Cross

Jamie Underwood

Savannah Gomez

2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo Tehachapi

2009 Little Miss Rodeo Tehachapi

2009 Little Princess Rodeo Tehachapi

Taylor Cross is the 16-year-old daughter of Rick and Diane Cross of Tehachapi, California and has two sisters who share in their sister’s enthusiasm in being the reigning 2009 Jr. Miss Rodeo Tehachapi. She will be a junior at Tehachapi High School this year where she is very involved in girl’s sports. Taylor is very active in high school rodeo as a member of the California High School Rodeo Association District 9. Recently, she decided to also compete in the cutting division along with her many other events. She also rides on the Kern County Cowgirls Equestrian Drill Team in Bakersfield and serves as an alternate on the Tehachapi Dust n’ Diamonds Equestrian Drill Team. Taylor has done an exemplary job of riding at the many scheduled PRCA rodeos representing Tehachapi Rodeo and the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association. She also gives the “Queen’s Report” at the monthly TMRA meetings, keeping the association at speed with all the queen projects. Recently Taylor ran for and won the honor of being the 2010 Bakersfield Stampede Rodeo Jr. Queen.

Jamie Underwood is the 12-year-old daughter of Richard and Jacque Underwood of Bakersfield, California. Jamie is currently in the sixth grade at Independence Elementary School in Bakersfield where she is very much involved with cheerleading and sports. Jamie also enjoys doing some modeling for the Fashion Bug Clothing Store in Bakersfield. Jamie’s father, Richard, is an active Kern County team roper and her mother is the Drill Master of the Kern County Cowgirls Equestrian Drill Team that performs at Rodeos all over Central and Southern California. With parents this active in the equestrian world, Jamie has come into her passion for the sport of Rodeo quite easily. She rides on the Kern County Cowgirls Equestrian Drill Team and has worked hard along side her mother to make the local drill team what it is. Jamie is awaiting the opportunity to start high school rodeo, as most young ladies her age, and she will be an asset to that association once she is about to compete.

Savannah is a 9-year-old third grader at Cummings Valley School. She is the daughter of Matt and Karen Goe and Matthew Gomez. She enjoys spending time with her two older brothers, her dogs ~ DeeDee and Tipper, her horses, and her friends. Her interests include swimming, dancing, softball, collecting pet shop animals, pageants, and parades. She has enjoyed representing the Tehachapi Rodeo with her new “big sisters” at many events that included the Bakersfield Christmas Parade and Chamber Mixer at Old Town Stables. Savannah would also like to thank her continued sponsors and supports.

Coronation is August 21 at the Rodeo grounds, beginning at 5 p.m.

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2010 Tehachapi Rodeo Queen Contestants Running for Miss Rodeo Tehachapi Lindsay Kaiser Lindsay Kaiser is the 19-year-old daughter of Sharon and Tom Buys and Richard Kaiser. Lindsay is sponsored by her family and wishes to thank her Noni, Jeanette Echenique for helping her succeed in this triumphant journey. Lindsay is currently a sophomore attending Taft College pursuing a career in dental hygiene. Outside the rodeo arena Lindsay enjoys very much playing softball, snowboarding, riding dirt bikes and follows the Chargers football team. In running for Miss Rodeo Tehachapi Lindsay states being Queen would fulfill one of her lifelong dreams and she will try her hardest in order to succeed.

Sierra Smith Sierra Smith is the 20-year-old daughter of Larry and Dorraine Smith of Orosi, California. Sierra is sponsored by Pope’s Propane Service. Sierra is currently a sophomore at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. Outside the rodeo arena Sierra enjoys skiing, dancing and photography. Sierra is currently employed at Boot Barn in Tulare as a part-time sales associate. In running for Miss Rodeo Tehachapi it is Sierra’s sincere desire to promote the family oriented sport of PRCA rodeo and to represent our quaint mountain community.

Rori Skellenger Rori Skellenger is the 17-year-old daughter of Scott and Lisa Skellenger of Bakersfield, California. Rori is sponsored by A-1 Smog, Rosedale Automotive and Frye Construction. Rori is currently a senior at Eternity Preparatory High School in Bakersfield. Outside the rodeo arena Rori is active with 4-H, Awana, Artistic Roller Skating and has a blue belt in Jujitsu. Rori also shows her Shetland sheepdog. In running for Miss Rodeo Tehachapi Rori believes that our rodeo is a great and long-standing tradition that deserves to be well represented, a job she would be proud to do.

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Running for Junior Miss Rodeo Tehachapi Kayla Burken Kayla Burken is the 15-year-old daughter of John and Deborah Burken of Tehachapi, California. Kayla is sponsored by Apple Shed, Jennifer Williams, Golden Hills Salon, Town and Country Realty, Hemme Hay, Tehachapi Vet Clinic and Albertson’s Market. Kayla is currently a junior at Tehachapi High School here in Tehachapi. Outside the rodeo arena Kayla is active in varsity track and field, volleyball and photography, having participated is local art shows. In running for Junior Miss Rodeo Tehachapi Kayla looks forward to representing her hometown, the challenge in which she and her horse can participate and interaction with other equestrian girls her age.

Taelor Kramer Taelor Kramer is the 16-year-old daughter of Cassandra Giacco of Tehachapi, California. Taelor is sponsored by The Dressing Room. Taelor will be a junior this fall at Tehachapi High School here in Tehachapi. Outside of the rodeo arena Taelor enjoys softball, swimming and spending time with family and friends. Taelor states she would like to be Jr. Miss because of her love for the sport of Rodeo. It would give her the opportunity to serve not only her community as a role model for younger girls, but to promote the western way of life.

Alyssa Adams Alyssa Adams is the 15-year-old daughter of Jay and Heather Adams of Tehachapi, California. Alyssa is sponsored by Allison Jimenez of Natural Elegance and Jake’s Stake House. Alyssa is currently a junior at Tehachapi High School here in Tehachapi. Outside the rodeo arena Alyssa rides on the Dust n’ Diamonds Equestrian Drill Team, plays softball and soccer. Alyssa also plays the clarinet in the Warrior Band at Tehachapi High School. In running for Junior Miss Rodeo Tehachapi Alyssa states she loves the community of Tehachapi and the sport of rodeo; that it would be a privilege to represent Tehachapi.

Lauren Nousch Lauren Nousch is the 10-year-old daughter of Jeffrey D. and Angela Nousch of Tehachapi, California. Lauren is sponsored by Academy Mortgage, Buck Johnson Trucking, Art’s Appliance, Don Perico Mexican Food, C.B. Western Works, City Slickers, Horsewright Clothing, The Lozar Family, The Patterson Family, Picture Perfect, and R.C. Saddlery. Lauren is currently in the fifth grade at Cummings Valley School. Lauren states that her favorite subject is math. Outside the rodeo arena Lauren is learning to play volleyball and likes to read. She also states that she loves to go to the beach, fishing and participating in the Kern County Fair. In running for Little Miss Rodeo Tehachapi, Lauren wants to be a positive role model for girls her age and assure everyone that no matter how young you are, your dreams can come true.

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