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 michaelj.sanders9@gmail.com or call (805) 712-9120.