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Parades • PRCA Rodeo • Gem & Mineral Show • Fun Run Arts & Crafts Fair • Car Show • Pancake Breakfast… and Much More! A Tehachapi News Publication



2012 Tehachapi Mountain Festival® Mountain Festival Welcome “Timeless Pleasures, Mountain Treasures” Thursday, Aug. 16: 5:30 p.m.

Pet Parade Sign-Ups, Read Field adjacent to West Park, 490 W. “D” St.

6 p.m.

I would like to welcome all of you to the 49th Annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival®. Remember this festival would not be possible without the help of the many invaluable volunteers. I say a big “Thank You” to all of you. To our many guests, please enjoy all of the fun activities we have planned for you. In addition to all of the activities at Central Park, please visit the other activities throughout Tehachapi.

Pet Parade - Read Field adjacent to West Park, 490 W. “D” St.

Friday, Aug. 17:

—Carl Gehricke 2012 Mountain Festival Chairman

10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Gem & Mineral Show at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church

6 p.m. — 11 p.m. Festival Carnival Corner of “D” and Robinson Streets in vacant field across from Wells School Playground

6 p.m. 7 p.m.

VFW Dinner & Dance, 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. PRCA Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds Dennison Road

Saturday, Aug. 18: 6 a.m.

TVRPD Mountain Festival Summer Fun Run Registration begins at 6 a.m. Race Starts at 7 a.m.

7 — 9 a.m.

Royal Rangers Pancake Breakfast sponsored by The American Legion Post 221, held at the Veterans Hall, 125 E. “F” St.

8 a.m.

Parade Line-ups at Big K Parking Lot, 710 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Gem & Mineral Show at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. “E” St.

10 a.m.

Mountain Festival Parade on “F” Street, downtown Tehachapi

10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair and Park Festival at Philip Marx Central Park, E. “E” Street at Mojave St.

Noon – 11 p.m.

Festival Carnival Corner of “D” and Robinson Streets in vacant field across from Wells School Playground

5 p.m.

PRCA Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds Dennison Road

6 p.m.

VFW Dinner & Dance, 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Sunday, August 19 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. Thunder on the Mountain Car and Truck Show Downtown Tehachapi, Green & “F” Streets and Centennial Plaza. Event parking begins at 6 a.m. Car Show from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Gem & Mineral Show at St. Malachy Catholic Church

10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair and Park Festival at Philip Marx Central Park, E. “E” Street at Mojave St.

Noon — 8 p.m.

Festival Carnival Corner of “D” and Robinson Streets in vacant field across from Wells School Playground

The art for this year's Tehachapi Mountain Festival® once again was created by the combined graphics pizzazz of the gang at 'hachapi Tees, now in their 23nd year in the biz. Scott, Christi, son Ray and gal pal Michelle put their heads together to come up with the overall layout. Ray and Michelle created the image with ink, and then Ray took over for final layout, lettering and coloring, using his usual brilliance with Photoshop, with everyone chipping in final editing ideas from the peanut gallery. Daughter Lexi kept everyone going with snacks and chit chat before heading off to her job at the AT&T store.



It’s Mountain Festival Parade time! BY DAVID, BARBARA




The members of the Parade Committee wish everyone the best during the Tehachapi Mountain Festival®. To put on the parade takes many hours of planning and preparation. It is the hard work of the committee members that enables the parade to be put on each year. This year, about 100 entries are expected and an estimated 5,000 people will be on hand to watch the parade. The entries range from 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 of these tasks are managed by a great group of dedicated volunteers. 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. If you win, don't forget to pick up your trophy at the park gazebo. The parade route is from Kmart, headed east down "F" Street. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

The Tehachapi Mountain Festival® is a production of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO CREDITS: Susan Burt, Lisa Camel, Phillip Darling, Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce.

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So, sit back and enjoy the morning in the great mountain air of Tehachapi and watch the parade go by.

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Chamber Tent at Central Park Good Time Badges raise The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce will have an information tent in Central Park during the Tehachapi Mountain Festival®. Chamber directors and volunteers will be on hand to greet visitors and answer questions. Visitors will find copies of the Mountain Festival program containing a schedule of events for the weekend, Mountain Festival T-shirts, the 2012/2013 Business Referral Directory and more. If you are looking for a certain booth, activity, event or just general information about Tehachapi, stop by the information Tent in Central Park located at the corner of Mojave and “D” Street.

Lost and Found The official Lost & Found area during Mountain Festival is located at the Chamber of Commerce information tent in Central Park. The chamber tent will be located at the corner of Mojave and “D” Streets in the tent.

First Aid Station The Kern County Fire Department will provide a First Aid Station during the 2012 Mountain Festival. They will be ready and waiting to help if visitors get hurt, feel faint, or just need a place to rest.

funds for good causes 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 considered 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 49th Annual Mountain Festival® on them and only cost $1. All proceeds will go back into the community. Don’t worry, the City Council members are always the first to get caught having a good time without a Good Time Badge. The members of the local Moose Lodge

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The 15th Annual Thunder on the Mountain Car and Truck show will be held on Sunday, Aug. 19 in downtown Tehachapi, centered on Green Street. Pre-registration of vehicles is encouraged as there is limited space. Registration forms are available at retailers throughout Tehachapi or online at If you have any questions about the event, please call 821-1781. Event parking

begins promptly at 6 a.m., with the show running from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you plan to attend with friends or a group, please arrive together as parking constraints won’t allow the organizers to save spaces. 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 Mike Heckathorn and an Honor Guard from the local VFW. Broadcasts will keep visitors up

on drawings, interviews with car owners and visitors, trophy winners and more. Music will be provided by the band “Denim.” This year there will be both 1st and 2nd place awards in each class. To see a list of all categories please visit the website at This is a fund raising event with 100 percent of all proceeds going directly to the Eileen McPhee Memorial Scholarship and other local charity and community

organizations. Last year the show raised $25,000. In addition to some of the most breathtaking cars and trucks you’ll see anywhere, raffle tickets will be available for such prizes as an Albertson’s $500 gift certificate, a large screen LCD TV, an INFRA Red BBQ, $200 gas card, etc. There will be hundreds of smaller prizes generously donated by local businesses for drawings throughout the day of the car show.

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Mountain Festival Carnival offers fun for all ages The excitement of the carnival will again be part of Mountain Festival — the rides, the lights, the fun! The carnival will be located at the corner of Robinson and "D" Streets across from Wells School Playground and offers rides and fun for all ages. Carnival hours are Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 from noon to 8 p.m. Presale tickets at a reduced price will be available at the chamber office beginning Friday, July 27. Presale tickets will be 20 tickets for $14, at the carnival booth, ticket prices will be 1 ticket for $1.25, 20 tickets for $20 and 50 tickets

for $40. Sunday, August 19 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; on Sunday at carnival booth cost is $25. Wrist Bands are good for Sunday, Aug. 19 only. Stop 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, Aug. 16, at noon. The chamber office is located at 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd. Office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed for lunch from 1 – 2 p.m. For more information call 822-4180.


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Please say ‘Thank You’ to volunteers While you are enjoying the Mountain Festival and see a volunteer, be sure to say “Thank You” as they have worked very hard to make Mountain Festival an enjoyable event for you. The 2012 Tehachapi Mountain Festival® Committee members are volunteers and they are invaluable when it comes to the success of a community event like Mountain Festival. This year’s committee members are Chairman Carl Gehricke, Richard Perkins, David and Barbara Shaw, Ralph Kermode, Barbara Allen, Teri Kahn, Marty Pay, Lorraine Berry, Tammy Wallace, Tim Kielpinski, Phillip Darling, Claudia Henson, Carolyn Wiles, Kathy Carey, Dal Bunn and Candace Gaeta. It is difficult to name and to adequately express our gratitude and appreciation for each and everyone who has done favors, given assistance, offered special help and advice for the Mountain Festival, because surely someone would be left out. There are so many individuals and organizations to thank for

helping to make our 49th Annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival®, an event that attracts thousands of people to our beautiful home. It is truly a community event and we sincerely appreciate your hard work and hope as a volunteer you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Our hats are off to you! It has been a pleasure to work with the outstanding group of people on the 2012 Mountain Festival Committee. Over the last seven months they have given generously of their time donating countless hours to not only their own festival project, but to the success of the entire festival. The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce gratefully acknowledges you all. If you know someone who has been a volunteer, please let him or her know how much you appreciate his or her commitment to our community. — Ida Perkins, President, Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce


Mountain Festival Summer Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 18 The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District will once again host the Mountain Festival Summer Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 18. Entrants will meet at the corner of Tehachapi Boulevard and Snyder Ave. (Monroe High School). All runners, walkers, moms and dads with babies in carriages, and senior citizens are welcomed to compete in the 5K and 10K event. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the race will start at 7 a.m. There are categories for all runners ages 8 to 70. Registration forms are available online at or or may be picked up at the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd. the Tehachapi Library, 1001 W.

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Mountain Festival VFW offers LOTS of FUN during Pancake Breakfast Mountain Fest Weekend Saturday morning Stop by the V.F.W during Mountain Festival weekend. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Here is a schedule of fun events:

Friday Night — Aug. 17

Start your weekend with live music and dancing.

Saturday Night — Aug. 18

Come and enjoy our delicious tri-tip 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 p.m. The V.F.W. is located at 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information, please call 822-7500.

Pet Parade set for Thursday, Aug. 16 Children, bring your favorite animal or pet to the Pet Parade on Thursday, Aug. 16, at Read Field, adjacent to West Park, 490 W. “D” St. The Tehachapi Mountain Dog Fanciers sponsors the parade. Line-ups will be on a first come first serve basis, so plan to arrive before 5:30 p.m., since the parade begins promptly at 6 p.m. The judging of each category starts at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be given 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, Aug. 18. The judging categories will be:

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Most unusual pet. Best look-alike costumed owner and pet. Pet and owner look alike (costume). Best trick. Shortest legs. Tallest pet. Best tail wagger. Howling contest.

Entry forms are available at the office of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd. and the Tehachapi Mountain Festival® website at or immediately prior to judging at Read Field. Parents are asked to be sure children can handle their pets and that all pets have leashes or can be controlled.


Before heading to any of the festival events on Saturday, Aug. 18, come and enjoy breakfast sponsored by the America Legion Post 221 and prepared by the Royal Rangers of Tehachapi in the Veterans Hall, 125 E. “F” St. Breakfast will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. The Royal Rangers will serve their traditional “all you can eat” Mountain Festival Pancake Breakfast which is sponsored by the American Legion Post 221. 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. Royal Rangers 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 Candace Gaeta at 822-3813 for more information. Tickets will also be available at the chamber office.


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Tehachapi Gem and Mineral Show Friday through Sunday The 8th annual Tehachapi Gem and Mineral show will once again be going on during Mountain Festival. The popular event will be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. “E” St., on Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19. The show runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. There is no admission fee and there is plenty of free parking. This is your chance to come by and see some interesting gems, minerals and fossils. There will be a very unique florescent mineral display under ultraviolet light for your enjoyment and education. Also, vendors will present handmade crafts including lots of jewelry, fossils, and minerals from around the world on display and offered for sale. A registered gemologist will be present, as well, and you are sure to see your friends and neighbors. There will be dealers with those tools that you have been looking for your hobby needs that you just cannot find anywhere in town. There will be knowledgeable people to share their experiences and talk about rock and their favorite gem, fossil or piece of jewelry. Members of the Tehachapi Gem and Mineral Society will have a spinning wheel with all sorts of great prizes, fossil sand dollars, or maybe a fossil shark tooth. Also they will offer geodes that you can buy and for a small fee, cut open and be the first person to see what Mother Nature has created inside. Come on by and see the smiling faces during the show and talk about your favorite rock. No purchase is necessary. Souza Souza Family Family Vineyard Vineyard Producing award winning wine since 2005

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Arts and Crafts Fair and Park Festival Saturday & Sunday

Bring the whole family, there's something for everyone! There will be more than 100 vendors of handmade arts and crafts such as paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass, textile arts, wood, jewelry, ceramics and much more. Also popular are the commercial booths and those of a variety of local nonprofit organizations. And what would the festival be without the food? Enjoy commercial food and beverage booths for every taste including tri-tip sandwiches, BBQ chicken, Asian food, funnel cakes, hotdogs, kettle corn, roasted corn on the cob, baked potatoes, ice cream, hot link and chicken sandwiches, fries, fruit smoothies to name a few. There will be a beer garden, entertainment in the park at the gazebo all day, fun and games for the kids, and much more. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and spend the day with family and friends. Don't forget to stop by the chamber tent and purchase your “Official Mountain Festival T-Shirt.” All this will take place at Central Park on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Mountain Festival T-Shirts on sale The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce has official Tehachapi Mountain Festival® T-Shirts for sale. Join in the 49th Anniversary celebration. T-Shirts are $14 each or 2 for $23, 2XL $15 each or 2 for $25. Stop by the chamber office, 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd., today to get your shirt. T-shirts can also be purchased during Mountain Festival at the chamber tent in Central Park. For more information call 822-4180.

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Western tradition: PRCA rodeo Aug. 17-18 Excitement is in the air as the 2012 Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo approaches. This is the 49th annual performance and each year this fun-filled event seems to grow by leaps and bounds to provide the people of Tehachapi and surrounding communities with outstanding family-oriented rodeo entertainment. You are invited to celebrate true Western Americana at its best on Aug. 17 and 18 at the Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds on Dennison Road and Highway 58. The fun begins on Friday evening, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. with the pageantry of the grand entry. The beautiful rodeo queens proudly carry old glory in on horseback to a roaring crowd, as the rodeo honors those who give us the freedom to be an American. On Saturday, Aug. 18, the rodeo will start at 4 p.m.  During this performance the rodeo will give thanks and say farewell to 2011 Queen Lyndsay Kaiser along with her royal court — Jr. Queen Sierra Zimmerman, Little Miss Ariel Anderson and Tiny Miss Madison Tootle.  They have served the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association well over the past year traveling throughout the west representing Tehachapi. Saturday also brings the coronation of the new 2012 queen and her court. A Tehachapi tradition returns this year right after the Saturday night rodeo with an old-fashioned western dance on the rodeo grounds. Admission to the dance is $10 and the proceeds will benefit the Small Miracles Foundation, which is a non-profit that helps families cope with the financial, emotional, and physical strain of having a child with cancer. Small Miracles was established in 2005 honoring the memory of Lauren Small. Tickets for the Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo can be purchased for a presale $2 discount prior to the day of the rodeo at our local ticket outlets in Tehachapi including Albertsons, Hemme Hay, City Slickers and the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. The Emporium Western Store in Bakersfield as well as the Boot Barn in both Bakersfield and Lancaster will also have discounted presale tickets. The price of presale tickets is $13 for adults with a special admission ticket price of $10 for Seniors 60+, active military personal with a military id, and children ages 5-12.  Chil-

dren under the age of 5 are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets will also be sold the day of the event at gate entrances for the price of $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military and children ages 512. Gates will open two hours prior to the event and parking is $5 at the rodeo grounds.

that it is. These volunteers and sponsors are the lifeblood and backbone of the western way of life in the rodeo arena. Through the partnership with the City of Tehachapi, the

Tradition The time honored tradition of rodeo is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the volunteers of the rodeo committee. They donate many hours of labor both at

Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association is pleased that patrons of this year’s rodeo will be able to view the spectacular rodeo events from newly installed premium bleachers surrounding the arena. These new seats are set high above the arena and will afford those lucky enough to arrive at the rodeo grounds early a great view of all that will be going on. Also, the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association has been hard at work raising money this year for the all new WW bucking chutes that have been See Tehachapi PRCA Rodeo tradition/Page 14

the grounds and off to be able to present this outstanding weekend of rodeo entertainment. It is because of the tireless help of these wonderful individuals that the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association is able to carry on the time-honored western tradition of rodeo here in the valley. The association also wishes to thank the commitment of sponsors, both individuals and the local business community, that step forward to provide the funding and services needed to make the rodeo the success


Barrel racing is just part of the fun of the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo. The PRCA rodeo during the Mountain Festival will provide performances on Aug. 17 and 18. Pre-sale tickets offer a discount.



Tehachapi PRCA Rodeo tradition Continued from page 13

installed in the arena. Also this year the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association will again present “Vendor’s Row” in an area just inside the main north entrance where rodeo fans can get their western “bling” with the purchase of fabulous items from jewelry to jeans or items for the home or horse. Great food vendors will offer an array of great food options. And along the south side of the arena there is expanded seating in the VIP section including the Benz Gold Buckle seating section. This year, cowboy and cowgirl rodeo athletes will be competing for more than $30,000 in prize money. This and the need to earn points toward year-end in the Ram Rodeo California Circuit and the Wrangler National Final berths will again bring top rodeo athletes to Tehachapi. Also, the rodeo will wel-

come back two of the best rodeo bullfighters and one of the best barrel men and clowns in the business today. They will be protecting the cowboys and entertaining the crowd. The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association is committed to preserving and promoting the “western way of life” and to producing quality family rodeo entertainment at affordable prices. TMRA is a non-profit organization that strives to promote the traditions of the Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo and the West. The organization supports the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of year-round events such as the annual kick off to the rodeo season with a June dinner and dance. Other events include The Loop Ranch Trail Ride in June and the Bad Bulls Tour and fireworks show held annually on the July 4.

ages 4 to 18. The association believes that Junior Rodeos build a strong foundation of character, discipline, and selfesteem in youth and that bringing Western Heritage to these young people will form strong family bonds as well as help set the stage for tomorrow’s rodeo athletes to carry on this rich western tradition.

The Tehachapi Rodeo began as a youth rodeo and evolved into an adult PRCA rodeo. This year the organization returns to its roots with the production of three junior rodeos, scheduled for July 29, Aug. 26, and Oct. 14. It is the desire of the association to educate youth on the “Western Way of Life” by providing a variety of rodeo events for competitors from

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2011 Tehachapi Rodeo Royalty Farewell Lindsay Kaiser It seems as if it was just yesterday I was honored with being crowned as Miss Rodeo Tehachapi 2011. This last year has been filled with memories, laughter, exciting places, new friendships and the feeling of pride in being able to represent the town of Tehachapi and their rodeo association. With my trusty steed, Band-Aid, my Dodge truck, Dad’s trailer and Lindsay Kaiser a rodeo queen wave, down the road I went. I had the opportunity to attend many parades and rodeos and meet the friends of a lifetime. This year was no exception and it was a privilege to be involved with the children and the community of Kern County. Another aspect of my year was representing the sport of rodeo and the heritage and traditions it embraces. Some of the finest people in the world are in the livestock, ranching, and rodeo business. This lifestyle is about preserving a way of life that at times is hanging by a thread, and this lifestyle is how one day I would hope to raise my family like generations before. As the dust settles on my year, I reminisce on the challenges and the experiences that have brought me to where I am today. I am blessed to have had three wonderful parents, five siblings, and countless family who gave me a strong foundation and high moral values that have helped me become the young women I am today. Whether it was FFA show pigs, softball or rodeo, they have always been my biggest fans. Thank you to the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association for welcoming me with open arms and allowing me to be a part of your lives and your families. Angie and Amy were the most amazing queen coordinators, always taking the best pictures and having the best advice in every situation. I would also like to

give a big thank you to having the best royalty court I could ever ask for! Sierra will always have a spot in my heart cheering me up whenever possible. Ariel was the best road trip buddy I could ever ask for, always keeping me awake in our long drives by the singing, and laughing. I would also like to thank the Anderson Family; Joy Rich and AJ, I couldn’t have asked for better friends and royalty family. To my tiny princess Madison, I have high hopes of one day watching her become Miss Rodeo America. The support I have received throughout the year is breathtaking and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart, and I hope to make you all proud as I take Tehachapi to Miss Rodeo California 2013 this October. — Lindsay Kaiser

Sierra Zimmerman Welcome rodeo fans, my name is Sierra Zimmerman and I am your 2011 Jr. Miss Rodeo Tehachapi. In August of 2011 when I was crowned Jr. Miss, I was very honored to be trusted with the responsibility of a rodeo queen. Being rodeo royalty is not just about responsibility, it is about having fun with your friends and family and meeting new people. Making new friends was my favorite thing about being Sierra Zimmerman a rodeo queen. When I was introduced to my Princess Ariel and Queen Lindsay, I knew our journey together over the next year as rodeo royalty sisters was going to be great one. Traveling to many different parades and rodeos with my fellow royalty was an amazing experience. I would like to thank Ariel, Lindsay and all my friends and family for your

wonderful support during the competition and over the year of my reign. Being a rodeo queen has an amazing impact on a young girl’s life, and I certainly know it had a wonderful impact on mine. —Sierra Zimmerman

Ariel Anderson This past year as Little Miss Rodeo Tehachapi has been one of the most exiting of my life. It has been so fun representing T.M.R.A. in every possible rodeo I could get to. There have been many adventures throughout my reign like carrying flags as big as my horse and I, trying to clean the dirt off my sash and re-polish my crown after goat tying at the junior rodeo, going to restaurants with Ariel Anderson curlers in my hair, getting there way too early and way too late, but I never missed a single queen run. I want to give a thank you to the Queen (Lindsay Kaiser) for taking my horse and I all over the state to many rodeos. The biggest thank you to my best friend and horse "Lilly" for taking me around the arena many times and being so patient with all of the trailering to and from rodeos. We have become such a pair this year and none of this would have been possible without her. Throughot this year my fellow queens have been so supportive and i couldn't have hoped for better. It has been an honor representing Tehachapi all year and I would love to do it again. Thank you also to the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association and the Queen Committee for all of the hours you've dedicated and all of the amazing pictures you have taken. Your Little Miss Rodeo. —Ariel Anderson

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Who will be Tehachapi’s Tehachapi will crown its Rodeo Royalty on Saturday, Aug. 18. The field of outstanding young ladies are in competition for the titles of Miss Rodeo Tehachapi, Jr. Miss Rodeo Tehachapi, Little Miss Rodeo Tehachapi, and Little Princess Rodeo Tehachapi. The competition includes horsemanship, public speaking, rodeo knowledge, and poise and personality. The winners of the Miss, Jr. Miss and Little Miss Rodeo Tehachapi divisions will receive a trophy saddle, crown, sash and belt buckle. The winner of the Little Princess division will win a buckle, crown, and sash. 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 is also an award for horsemanship, poise and personality, speech, most photogenic, congeniality and high ticket sales.

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is 18 years old and is attending Mt. San Antonio College to continue her agriculture education.

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Little Miss Rodeo Paisley Kaiser

Abigail Sturn

is the 10-yearold Richard Kaiser and Susan Covey. After she graduates Paisley would like to become a Veterinarian.

is the 10-yearold daughter of Pete and Terri Sturn. She knows that when she grows up she would like to continue her education towards working with special needs children and horses.

Natalie Shiraz Whiteside is the 9-yearold daughter of Kevin and Ginny Whiteside. When she grows up Natalie wants to be a Cowgirl-Veterinarian-Video game designer.

Tiny Miss Rodeo Capri Cummings

Kaylynne Beeney

is the four-year-old daughter of Buddy and Nikki. She is a 6th generation Tehachapi resident going back to 1854. This is the first year she is eligible to run.

is the six-year-old daughter of Megan and Jason Beeney. She is interested in learning more about rodeos and riding horses. See COURT/ Page 17



2012 Rodeo Royalty? Junior Miss Rodeo Molly Ahern is the 15-year-old daughter of Bill and Christine Ahern. For now she can be found wherever her horse Red is while assisting at the local Leona Valley petting zoo to help clean and care for the animals.

Cheyenne Jackman is the 15-year-old daughter of Frank and Sandra Jackman. After graduation she wants to continue being involved in Rodeo and attend BYU Hawaii for her Marine Biology Degree.

Hannah Kline

Allison Hegle

is 16 years old. After graduating she plans on becoming  a livestock and equine Veterinarian.

is the 13-year-old daughter of Christie Anderson and Karl Hegle. After graduation she plans to continue to barrel race professionally and either model for cowgirl clothes or study veterinary medicine.

Jamie Underwood

Donnellia Gonzales

is the 14-year-old daughter of Richard and Jacque Underwood. Jamie would like to thank her family and sponsors for helping her along this once in a lifetime journey.

is the 17-year-old granddaughter of grandparents Donna and Bill Lawrence. After graduation from high school she plans to become a Veterinarian Assistant.


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Gary Jones Entertainment Master of Ceremonies/Sound Engineer This is Gary’s fourth year handling the live sound and serving as Entertainment Master of Ceremonies for Mountain Festival. Gary has a degree in Recording Engineering and Live Sound from Sound Master Schools in North Hollywood which he received way back in 1983. He displays his skills along with his professional sound equipment. We’re looking forward to another great year.

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Black Gold Cloggers The Black Gold Cloggers formed in December, l982. We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year. Our instructor is Loni O’Donley, who has been teaching the Black Gold Cloggers for 21 years. We encourage everyone with a love of dance to join us. There is no age limit. We have dancers from 7 to over 70. It is a great way to exercise and meet and make new friends. The Black Gold Cloggers entertains

at many events during the year. Some favorite venues are the Kern County Fair, the Scottish Games, and the Lamplight Tours at Pioneer Village. We try very hard to dance anytime we are invited and our schedule allows us to participate. We have enjoyed performing for many different groups, parks, rest homes, schools, clubs, community events, and celebrations. Thank you for including us in the Mountain Festival.

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Tehachapi Academy of Performing Arts Tehachapi Academy of Performing Arts Dance Center has been entertaining Tehachapi Mountain Festival crowds since 1984. This talented group of young local dancers will delight you with their cute and energetic dances. From ages 3 to 17, this award winning group has just competed at the Disneyland Showstopper National Dance Competition where T.A.P.A. has taken many top awards for many years under the direction of Chris Hobbs. We know you will enjoy their performance Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at the city park gazebo.


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on rhythm guitar and vocals, AJ O'Malley on "special effects" and vocals, Dave Crowe on bass and vocals, and our drummer who prefers his mysterious anonymity!

Tehachapi Martial Arts Center Master Ivan Jadric and his Tehachapi Martial Arts students will perform a fun and exciting demo for you during the Tehachapi Mountain Festival. The students really enjoy performing and showing the audience what they learn in class. They have students of all ages and abilities. Tehachapi Martial Arts Center always thrives to instill in their students self respect, discipline, and the motivation to always do their best.

What makes Movin' On unique would be the two female lead vocalists who deliver intricate harmonies. And four of the members of the band are experienced vocalists. This allows them to do a wide range of musical genres, including Rock, Country, Blues and Standards... one could dance the night away with upbeat music, slow dance to a ballad, or just listen and enjoy while you whet your whistle at the bar! They have played regularly at the Moose Lodge and the VFW, including the Moose’s Biker Run, the VFW’s New Year’s Eve Party, as well as the Souza

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.

Movin On Movin’ On is a 5-piece band of experienced musicians — all originally from the southern California area — who now all live here in Tehachapi. All the members have played with other local bands until forming in the Spring of 2011. The band consists of Gary Levin on lead guitar and vocals, Kathleen Gair

Vineyard’s Father’s Day BBQ celebration and Anniversary Celebration, the Oak Tree Country Club, Main Street Tehachapi’s Summer Wine Walk, Farmers’ Market, the Tehachapi Airport Celebration of Flight, Tehachapi Mountain Festival, the DART Fundraiser at the Stallion Springs Resort, as well as several infamous private parties.

Blue Mountain Tribe Blue Mountain Tribe has spanned several years of excellence in Blues & Rock N Roll. They are known as the only known Native American Father/Son Rock & Blues team. Representing the Chiricahua Nation, Rockin' Robin Hairston on Harmonica, and his prodigy son Caleb, who has spent the last 10 years studying all the great guitar masters. Caleb has performed to sold out crowds both at the Whiskey A Go Go and the Queen Mary with his other band "Heralds of the Sword.” Robin has opened up for BB King and is formerly of the Jeffrey James Band and the Travis Dempsy Blues Band. He has also done commercials for Levi's 501 Blues and toured all over the country. Jeff Cooper "Cooperhawk" on Bass representing the Cherokee Nation, is formerly of the Mark Sams Band and also Drums in the Sacred Circle. Bruce Shanks is a vocalist extraordinaire'...who can be smooth as silk and then rasp out an incredible rendition of "Ice Cream Man.” Having been through many "alterations" we are so proud and blessed to announce our new and incredible drummer Mr. Tom Wray, with 60 years



experience on the skins, formerly having toured 7 years with Bill Haley & the Comets, and also played for the "Champs" and the "Dovells.” Last, but definitely, not least the newest addition to our family is the incomparable Gary Jones on vocals and rhythm guitar with a lucrative career that spans 50 years, including being a member of the well known rock band "Hott Roxx" and also the "Mysterians" and "Savage Voodoo Blonde.” He proudly represents his ancestors of the Chicasaw Nation. Blue Mountain Tribe is a Native American Rock & Blues Band and we proudly embrace all"All our Relations...AHO.”

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Pat Strong Trio +1 The Pat Strong Trio + 1 performs music classified as up-beat easy listening. The music is sung in three-part harmony, and includes folk, ballads, jazz, originals and oldies — fast and slow — 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. Lisa Cosgrove is the group's enthusiastic bass player; she definitely adds a lot of fullness to the mix. Jack Hill, the group's stunt guitarist, also plays harmonica and sings. His many years of music experience make him an asset to the group, especially on lead guitar. Casey Papac sings some of the leads, and blends her alto harmony with Pat and Jack for an appreciated

depth of sound. Casey also accompanies the group on the djumba hand drum. The Pat Strong Trio + 1 plays every fourth Friday at La Bella Amore, weekly Tuesdays at The Apple Shed and also every fourth Saturday at The Apple Shed. Additionally, the group plays at wine tasting events, Farmer's Market, Mountain Festival, and various other parties and events in the Tehachapi area. website: Email:

Tony Vice Vegas. “I was surprised and delighted.” says the grinning cowboy.

Long-time Tehachapi resident, Tony Vice has been playing music for over half a century. He started out as a teen in Indiana, singing and playing piano in gospel groups, then moved into folk, country and cowboy. He traveled extensively for many years before moving to Tehachapi. For the past two decades, he’s stayed busy playing events around town and Southern California. Several of his songs have received radio airplay, and he recently began getting Facebook messages from around the world complimenting him on his song, “Let’s Ride Into the Sunset Together.” The 69 year old’s song, written almost 25 years ago, has been used in four TV shows, a movie and in a new video game called Fallout: New

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 Tony 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 and a song about a little lost dog for STOP. Tony has played at cowboy events at the Autry Western Heritage Museum, Monterey, Stagecoach Music Festival, the Lone Pine Film Festival, Calico Ghost Town and the Kern County Museum. He also played at the Bluebird in Nashville and as opening act to many country stars of the 70s and 80s. “I’m like an old fire horse”, he says, “When the bell rings, I’m rearin’ to go!” For a sample of Tony’s music visit his website, He also has video clips on and

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Shelbi Dawn Pingry My name is Shelbi Dawn Pingry! I just graduated from Tehachapi High School Class of 2012. I enjoy singing and riding motorcycles and camping with my family and friends. I love my family, friends, and Jesus with all my heart. The places that I have sung are Buck Owens Crystal Palace, several political events/fundraisers, and many school events. I plan to attend Bakersfield College and work at Tillys clothing company in Bakersfield. I hope to be a professional singer and have a long life career in music.


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Tsunami Surfers The Tsunami Surfers is an instrumental surf rock band playing songs originally recorded by bands such as The Ventures, Dick Dale and the DelTones, The Bel-Airs and The Chantays in the early 1960s. During that time Surf music became extremely popular and lasted until the British invasion in 1964. Instrumental surf music remains extremely popular and is no longer just a Southern California folk culture but is played and enjoyed world wide.

their music generates an atmosphere of the ocean breeze, palm trees swaying, hard driving guitars and go-go dancers. Listen to the Tsunami Surfers and it’s like 1962 all over again. The band members are Danny Ellison on lead guitar, Kevin Clarke on drums, and Daren Ellison on bass guitar.

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The band members are FattKatt as the Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitar, Therese Star Lead Vocals, Daren Ellison on Lead Guitar, Billyray Rock'it on Lead Guitar and Pedal Steel, Hottrodd on Bass Guitar, and StyX on Drums and Vocals. For all band information and up coming show visit them online at





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2012 Tehachapi Mountain Festival® Program  

Complete guide to the 2012 Tehachapi Mountain Festival® events, sponsored by the Greater Tehachapi including the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo.