2011 Festival News

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From the Ventura County Star

A beer-tasting festival Friday evening featuring more than 20 unique flavors such as mocha and pumpkin spice will kick off Moorpark’s annual citywide Country Days celebration this weekend.

This is the first year the beer festival will be part of the three-day Country Days extravaganza that ends Sunday.

The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning is sponsoring the beer event and promises “fun, unique beers” from three local breweries — Krone Haus Bier, Wolf Creek Brewing and Stone Brewing Co.

“There will be beer from Hawaii. There will be beers unique for the autumn season. There are going to be strange and delicious brews there. In addition, the festival will feature delicious food donated from eight local restaurants,” said Lillian Canterbury, president of the Rotary Club.

The beer festival takes place 6 to 10 p.m. in a beer garden set up at the gates in front of the historic train station building on High Street. Two bands will provide the entertainment.

“It’s really special to have this event at this particular location because no one knows how long this historic building will be there. It’s a last chance to see an old part of Moorpark up close,” said Canterbury.

The proceeds from the 21-and-older beer-tasting event go to programs sponsored by the Moorpark Morning Rotary, including the purchase of books for the Boys & Girls Club reading program, youth leadership scholarships and the Treasure Box food project to help feed families in Ventura County.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at http://moorparkmorningrotary.org.

Moorpark Country Days continues on Saturday, as war veterans and those currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored during a parade featuring “The Heroes of Moorpark.”

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a street fair until 4 p.m., featuring more than 70 local vendors, crafts, entertainment and a children’s village with a kid’s play area.

The High Street Arts Center will also be hosting events during the day.

Moorpark Country Days will conclude Sunday with “The Race to Eradicate Polio” sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Moorpark.

The 5K and 10K races will start and end at Cutler’s Oak Run Farm, 8450 Happy Camp Road.

Individuals and teams can register for $25 on the Rotary website. Registration is also available at the race site starting at 7 a.m.

Moorpark Country Days is sponsored by the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce and various organizations and businesses throughout the community.

In past years, the event was reduced to a one-day event, but Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Ellis said it was a goal to “bring the ‘s’ back into Country Days.”

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