The Canyons Prepare for "El Nino" with the 45th Annual Silverado Country Fair, Sure to Get Everyone in the Spirit of the Old West as "Neighbors helping Neighbors."

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The spirit of the OC Wild West comes alive October 10-11th, 2015, as the 45th Silverado Country Fair and Folk Fest comes to town with its annual "UnParade", Wild West Action Shows, Jailhouse & Blacksmith, Arts & Crafts booths, Live Country Western, Bluegrass, & Rockin' Blues Music, 1800's family activities, Children's Games, Steampunk Magic Show, Silly Eatin' n' Dressin' Contests, plus Yummy Wholesome Foods & Beverages!

Where the heck is the Silverado Country Fair? Well, just miles from the inner city life of Orange County, lies the little ‘ole town of Silverado Canyon. This rural country town of less than 1,500 residents was once inhabited by the Acjachemen (Juaneno) Native American Tribe, then later home of the 1800’s Bluelight silver boom and early settler rush.

What the heck is the Silverado Country Fair all about? Canyon residents realize that remote, rustic living means weathering disasters. In February 1969, rainstorms flooded Silverado and Modjeska canyons and homes were washed away. Six people were killed when the Silverado Fire Station was hit by mudslides. The Silverado Country Fair was held in 1970 as a way to help bring the community together after the devastating rains and fundraise for families. “Canyonites” living in harms way of the coming 2015 “El Nino” are planning to use this year’s fair proceeds to have resources ready to help cuz’ it’s a “neighbors helping neighbors” kind of community!

The Inter-Canyon League’s 45th Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival October 10th-11th is gonna’ be the best family event of the season and will explore the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live music, tasty food, handmade arts and crafts, 1800’s period activities, children’s petting zoo, Steampunk magic show, family games and silly ‘ole timey’ contests, all nestled under the Oak trees below Orange County’s famous Saddleback Mountain.

The 45th event kicks off at 9:00 am Saturday morning with the 45th “Unparade” lead by the notorious wagon driven Silverado Outlaws! Western horseback riders, Acjachemen tribe, scouts, dancers and classic cars will be paradin’ past homes and businesses along Silverado Canyon Road to the fairgrounds. Don’t miss the live action robbery and gunfight at the Silverado Café and Canyon Market area! (Don’t worry kids…the Outlaws promise to give back what they steal!)

The Silverado Country Fair opens at 10:00 am with live music, dancing, and gun ‘slingin’ fun! Local art & craft merchants will be showin’ their wares and families can experience making old ‘timey crafts of the 1800’s with Mountain Man Joel & N4Y volunteers dressed in period garb. Hungry visitors will love the “by golly tastiest and wholesomest’ country cookin’ ya ever ate” served all weekend. The Acjachemen Tribal singers will be blessing the fair just before Western Icon Productions 1800’s re-enactment group gets everyone ‘fired up’ in the spirit of the Old West. “First we hang ‘em, then we have a trial” is the motto for the Silverado Jailhouse where the ‘Karacter’ Sheriff will be lockin’ folks up in the fer’ doing absolutely nothin! Country, Western, Bluegrass, Folk & Blues bands will entertain throughout the day Saturday-Sunday. Weekend music highlights include Rusty Richards, Modjeska’s honest to goodness fireside singin’ cowboy and former member of the “Sons of the Pioneers”, along with GS Ballet Folklorico, Canyon Creek Ramblers, Beach Buzzards, Norm & Robin, Sligo Rags, and The Budrows. The Saturday night Music Fest will feature the rockin' Blues of Lazy Brad Lewis and local resident Electronic Music DJ ‘Starr, Rachael Maloof.’ Sunday’s fair is sure to mystify the elders & the youngins’ with the magical entertainment of Illusionist Mark Paskell, and OC’s favorite Grateful Dead band CUBENSIS is comin’ over to help visitors time-travel back from the gun slingin' whiskey drinkin' 1800's to the dirty ole' hillbilly-hippie town of Silverado today!

The Silverado Country Fair is held at the Silverado Fairgrounds (Community Center), located just one mile into Silverado Canyon, and only minutes away from the cities of Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Lake Forest or RSM. Slap on yer’ boots or kick off yer’ shoes and come on over to experience one of the last Hillbilly towns of the OC! You’re all welcome to dress up Western and bring ‘yer Country attitude…and oh yeah…yer’ friends n’ family too! Remember “No Hooch, No Pooch, No Tobacco" & No ATM onsite…but one of them there machines can be found up yonder at the Silverado General Store!

Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 101h-11th, 2015
Time: Daytime Fair 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, both Saturday and Sunday
Saturday Night Music Fests: 5-10 pm
Location:    Silverado Community Center, 27641 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA, 92676
Cost: Daytime adult admission: $5 / Kids over 4 are $3, 3 & under are FREE!
Saturday Night Music Fest: $5 for everyone

*Proceeds from this event will go to Silverado Canyon's Inter-Canyon League, a "neighbors helping neighbors" organization, and various local non-profit organizations.

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