FALLBROOK – Stagecoach Sunday rolls into town on Oct. 1 as the Fallbrook Land Conservancy celebrates its 35th year at the historic Palomares House and Park in Fallbrook.
The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., with stagecoach rides, barbeque, wild animal encounters, and kids' activities, with the biggest draw the ever-popular silent auction and raffle. The auction features an array of artwork and experiences, coupons to local businesses, jewelry, handicrafts, and a variety of other items.
Throughout the afternoon, Booze Brothers Brewing Company will be manning the taps in the "Saloon" and live music will be performed by The Way Brothers Band.
A barbeque lunch by The Rib Shack starts at 11 a.m. and includes their delicious pulled pork sandwich or a vegan sandwich. Cost of the lunch is $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Admission and parking is free. Service dogs are the only animals allowed.
New this year is the "Demonstration Station," where local artists and a native plant expert from Walkers Wildlands will demonstrate culinary, artistic, and landscaping uses of California native plants.
Winners of the FLC's 6th Annual "Go Wild" Photo Contest will also be announced. Go Wild features photos of wildlife, families and dogs who use FLC preserves as habitat or recreation.
During Stagecoach Sunday, Palomares Park will also house several nature exhibits, including presentations of various animal species by Wild Wonders and booths hosted by nonprofit partners Save Our Forest, Wings of Change, and Project Wildlife's bat expert, Cynthia Myers. Jacob Hatch will also be on hand with several snake species native to this area.
Other hands-on activities for kids will be offered in a special Kids Corral sponsored by the Busy Bee of Fallbrook. At a cost of $25, a Kids Corral Pass includes a kids' lunch and drink, with unlimited carnival games, crafts, face painting and one stagecoach ride.
"The Stagecoach Sunday committee has been hard at work planning to make this the best event we've ever had," said Michelle Jorden, chair of the event. "Come enjoy live music and fun activities with your friends and family."
The Fallbrook Land Conservancy, founded in 1988, is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization that owns and manages more than 4,000 acres of permanently protected open space, including the 1,200-acre Margarita Peak, 10 other preserves and over 600 acres of conservation easements.
The FLC is an accredited land trust with the Land Trust Alliance, a land conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.
"Stagecoach Sunday is not only a wonderful community event, but vital to the mission of the FLC," said Susan Liebes, chairman of the FLC's board of directors. "We couldn't continue our land conservation and environmental education work without the help of our members and local businesses."
The FLC is also grateful for the volunteer efforts of GSA Troop 2012, Miss Fallbrook and her court, the National Charity League San Luis Rey chapter and the many volunteers who help make Stagecoach Sunday a success year after year, Liebes added.
Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have been essential to the success of the FLC's various outreach programs, including Save Our Forest, the Native Plant Restoration Team, Trails Committee and Village Green.
Between individual, business and corporate donations, combined with monies raised at Stagecoach Sunday, the FLC generates some $100,000 annually, which helps to cover basic operating expenses, according to Karla Standridge, the FLC's executive director.
To pre-order tickets or for more information, visit http://www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org or call 760-728-0889.
Submitted by Fallbrook Land Conservancy.