2011 Festival News

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Historic High Street in downtown Moorpark will be the scene of the city’s Moorpark Country Days, which will start Friday night with a beer-tasting event and continue Saturday with the city’s traditional parade and carnival.

This is the 30th year for Moorpark Country Days, and this year’s theme is “Celebrating American History.”

The Moorpark Morning Rotary Foundation’s Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday in front of the old train station facade at 192 High St.

More than 14 regional brewers will give out samples of more than 50 beers, and restaurants will offer their cuisine.

Participants include Draught’s Restaurant & Bar, Ventura Surf Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Kearsarge Beers, Total Beverage Solution, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Wetten Importers, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Island Brewing Co., Cantara Cellars, Butler Brewing Co., Wolf Creek Brewing Co., Garman’s Irish Pub, The Dugout Sports Bar and Grill, Chronic Tacos, Me N Eds Pizza, Corrigan’s Irish Pub and Starbucks Coffee.

Five bands will play at the event: String Theory, Sonic Abatment, Steven Hur, Sound The Sky and Holliday.

General admission tickets are $50 at the door. They are $40 in advance, untiltoday, at http://www.moorparkbeerfestival.com/tickets.

Nondrinking tickets, intended for designated drivers, are $25.

More than 700 presale event tickets were sold as of last week, the beer festival committee said. .

“This event is a great opportunity to bring the community of Moorpark together with our neighbors in the region and to raise money to support our local schools and organizations,” said Barbara Orechoff, president of the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club.

On Saturday, the Moorpark Country Days annual parade will travel down High Street between Moorpark Avenue and Spring Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Community groups will join four marching bands from Moorpark, Channel Islands, Port Hueneme and Rio Mesa high schools.

Robert Hays, who played Ted Striker in the comedy movie “Airplane!” will be grand marshal alongside Cherie Currie, the lead singer of the 1970s all-female band The Runaways.

“This will be the biggest parade we have ever had,” said Steve Carlson, marketing director for the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce.

A street fair runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature bands, an expanded food court, vendor booths and a children’s village

Performances held throughout the day at the High Street Arts Center will include the Pam Rossi Dancers at noon, the Moorpark College Jazz Band at 12:35 p.m., the Gypsy Dancers at 1:10 p.m., Ballet Folklorico at 1:35 p.m., the Rio Mesa High School Choral Group at 2 p.m., the First 5 Dance Team at 2:30 p.m., the Rio Mesa High School Dance Group at 2:40 p.m. and Studio 13 Dance at 3 p.m.

More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the parade and street fair, which is produced by the Chamber of Commerce with the help of community groups.

For more information about Moorpark Country Days, contact the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce at 529-0322 or at http://www.moorparkcountrydays.com.