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Why Sagebrush Days?

posted Apr 19, 2017, 7:48 AM by Ashley Miller

This is the 27th year of the San Miguel Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Faire. In the 5 years in which the San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has played host, we have seen a wide variety of participation in this event. Groups as diverse as Lillian Larsen School's PTO, the Vaqueros Equestrian Riding Group, the Sheriffs’ Posse and the Model A Club as well as the San Miguel Volunteer Fire-fighters, San Miguel Lion's Club and The Sons and Daughters of the Golden West will hold forth this year along with other individuals and organizations.

The event's origins stem from interest in developing a community event with historically significant context. Under the leadership of Allan Belden, with the assistance of the Lions Club and the community of San Miguel, this concept was formed and these individuals and organizations have consistently played a part in maintaining it every April over the course of the years.

Though coordinated by the San Miguel Chamber (which essentially makes them both host and sponsor) through the San Miguel Parade Committee, other sponsors supporting Sagebrush Days this year include the San Miguel Garbage Company and San Marcos Creek Winery.

San Miguel's origins have important historical implications that underscore the purpose for this event. Our Mission, San Miguel Arcangel, which was established in 1797 and its presence as a National Historical Treasure (the existence still of the actual frescos that regale the interior of its functioning church-- a remarkable maintenance of original artistic devotion) make it a sublime place to visit. The art itself was completed by Salinan Indians, native to this area of San Luis Obispo County. Additionally, another western historic site, the Rios Caledonia Adobe, has been carefully maintained and curated. It represents another important feature of the story of old San Miguel. Also, an early Mill, used to grind the wheat that was exported from San Miguel in the 1800's still exists on Mission Street.

These and other features specific to San Miguel offer plenty of reasons for visiting our community.

While here one may sample the great Mexican cuisine of Dos Hermanos on 10th Street and Tacos Mafia on 14th. Leo's Cafe is also on 10th Street and has built a reputation for delicious breakfast, lunch and dinners of American fare. The Elkhorn Bar on Mission Street is considered to be the 2nd oldest bar in California and the San Miguel Mercantile offers varieties of antiques and collectibles among its other items. Also, the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail offers visitors plenty of opportunities to sample wonderful, high quality regional wines.

Any group or organization with a historic perspective of the San Luis Obispo County region, farming and/or cultural history may join in the parade. The applications can be obtained right here and delivered (if you choose) to the San Miguel Mercantile at 1141A Mission Street, San Miguel. Just click here or the Sagebrush Days poster on the homepage and it will go directly to the applications, which can be downloaded and either taken to the Mercantile directly or mailed to P.O. Box 385, San Miguel, Ca. 93451) or applications can be downloaded from the Discover San Miguel website. For more information, contact Mike Sanders, SMCC Chairman, at or call (805) 712-9120.

Thank you for a great Mixer!

posted Mar 22, 2017, 7:22 AM by Ashley Miller   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 7:25 AM ]

The SMCC hosted a great Mixer at the Military Museum at Camp Roberts on March 7th. About 20 people attended, interacted in lots of military professional Q/A and witnessed the incredible number of artifacts that are carefully maintained by the curator, Gary McMasters. Food (provided by the SMCC Board members) and wine (generously supplied by San Marcos Creek Winery). This was a very dynamic and informative mixer.

Look forward to our next Mixer in June at the Vines RV Resort and in July with the 4North County Chamber Mixer in Templeton. More information about dates and times of mixers and the May Car Show will be announced as we draw closer to the actual event.

The Mission Street Benches Get a Much Needed Tending To

posted Mar 21, 2017, 8:39 AM by Ashley Miller   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 7:32 AM ]

Special Thanks goes out to the Ranchita Canyon 4H Club children who donated their time on Sunday, March 19th to help sand and oil the benches on Mission Street in San Miguel. We want to recognize Kaitlyn Hebrard, Reagan Glenn, Briley Bowen, Bella Bowen and Bennett Cavalletto and their parents who showed up at The San Miguel Mercantile bright and early in the morning to take care of this very needed assignment.

Thank you,

Kelly Work, President

Mike Sanders, Chairman

Pleasant Valley Wine Trail's "All American August" - Riverstar Wines

posted Aug 4, 2016, 8:34 PM by Ashley Miller   [ updated Aug 4, 2016, 8:38 PM ]

Join us on August 6th for "All American August" and enjoy Riverstar wines & live music paired with a tasty American treat!

On the menu: Complimentary Pulled Pork Sliders & Coleslaw 

Live Music: Dulcie Taylor playing from 1-4pm -  Check out her website to listen to music and read bio:

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and hangout on the Riverstar meadow! Great for family and friends! Wine by the glass/bottle specials all day! Cheese and meat also available for purchase in the tasting room! No entry fee required.

Tasting room hours; 11-5pm, Live music 1-4pm

For additional information please contact the tasting room 805-467-0086 or

All American August" is an event put on by all wineries apart of The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail. Individual wineries each will host their own festivities and american food pairings. Please visit The Pleasant Valley Wineries website for further details:

Two Exciting Announcements from Member Org Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO!

posted Jul 24, 2016, 3:04 PM by Ashley Miller   [ updated Jul 24, 2016, 3:05 PM ]

We are excited to announce that member organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO, has received some well deserved recognition recently with the National Agency of the Year Award! BBBS SLO was one of six agencies recognized during the 2016 National Conference Gala held in Orlando, Florida in late June. Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County was recognized as Agency of the Year in the Small to Mid-sized agency alliance category for building strategy that led to diversified funding and low employee turnover helping to provide the best leadership for their community.

Board President Christie Clemons said, “It’s wonderful to be recognized as best in the nation! But this award, and the life-changing work we do, wouldn’t be possible at all without on-going support from so many individuals and local businesses throughout San Luis Obispo County. The real congratulations go not just to us, but to every one of our volunteers and donors. I also want to add that we are very fortunate to have an exceptional staff that is proactive, hardworking and thorough. They are an extremely dedicated team!”

“These agencies and boards show extraordinary leadership and have huge impacts in the communities they serve,” said Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. With over 300 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 170,000 children (“Littles”), their families and 170,000 volunteer mentors (“Bigs”).

In the attached photo, from left to right are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County’s Development Director Patty Carpenter and Board President Christie Clemons.

BBBS SLO is also working hard to win KSBY-PGE's 'Favorite Charity' contest and we need votes! They could use your help to make this happen! You can vote once per day and tell your friends, family and colleagues to vote too! You can vote for our member org right here, Just create a login and let the voting begin!

Thanks to BBBS SLO for being a member of the San Miguel Chamber of Commerce!

6th Annual Car Show and Cruise Night - May 27th and 28th, 2016

posted May 13, 2016, 12:43 PM by Ashley Miller

The San Miguel Chamber of Commerce will host the 6th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show and Shine and Cruise Night on Mission Street on May 27th and 28th ! With Vendors, food, music and fun for the whole family!

2015 San Miguel Car Show

The event begins Friday, the 27 th with Cruise Night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. On Saturday the Car Show and Shine will start at 9 AM and end by 3 pm. We’re still inviting vendors and car show participants. For more information email or see the San Miguel Chamber website or call Mike at 712-9120.

2015 San Miguel Car Show Winners

Featured Member - Water Gap Saver

posted May 9, 2016, 10:34 AM by Ashley Miller

We wanted to share a little more information on our current featured member of the SMCC - Water Gap Saver!

The Water Gap Saver was designed and developed for the use in fencing on the ranch and farm. It is designed to reduce or eliminate the time and labor it takes to clean out or rebuild water gaps, when water gaps flood and fill up with debris on your fence crossings. In most cases where it would take hours to clean out or rebuild a water gap, now in can be reduced down to minutes saving time and money.

The Water Gap Saver

We encourage you to go check out this great tool that could save you hours of time, not to mention cost savings.

Find out more information at  They have even added some informational videos to show the Water Gap Saver in action!

Thank you for attending our 2016 Business Expo!

posted Mar 22, 2016, 4:31 PM by Ashley Miller

Thanks to all the folks that came out to support our local businesses last month at the Business Expo!  It was a fun event, and it went great!

Thank you again!

San Miguel Mission featured on the Blog for Lifestyle and Travel

posted Jan 13, 2016, 9:14 PM by Ashley Miller   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 9:15 PM ]

We are excited to share that the San Miguel Mission has recently been featured on the Blog for Lifestyle and Travel's Top "10 Historic U.S. Churches That Will Leave You in Awe".  

Check out the entire article here to see what they said about the Mission, as well as other churches throughout the U.S..

Come See Mission Street Light Up This Saturday!

posted Dec 15, 2015, 11:32 AM by Ashley Miller   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 11:33 AM ]

We are excited for the upcoming 25th Annual (that is a quarter of a century!) San Miguel Christmas Lights Parade and Crafts Faire!

Join us for a fun evening of family activities, Chili Cookoff, craft and other vendors and more just for starters!  Then after the sun goes down, grab your blanket and curl up with a cup of cheer from one of our local business or vendors to watch the charming Christmas Lights Parade.

We are still accepting applications for vendors and parade entries up until 4pm Thursday, so join us!  Get all the info for this event, including downloadable applications here!

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