“Country Night” event at Farmers Market on the BLVD

Jacob Nelson and The Tone Wranglers

Jacob Nelson and The Tone Wranglers

LANCASTER – Country music fans may want to head to Lancaster’s Farmers Market on The BLVD this Thursday.

Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers will perform great line dancing music from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Bex Bandstand (outdoor stage) as part of a Pre-PRCA Rodeo celebration.

Miss Rodeo California 2013 Dakota Skellenger.  Photo by Wayne Capili of Interface Visual

Miss Rodeo California 2013 Dakota Skellenger. Photo by Wayne Capili of Interface Visual

The band will also introduce Miss Rodeo California, Dakota Skellenger, who will be available for photos and autographs. Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Skellenger is taking a year off from her studies in Agriculture at Bakersfield College to travel as Miss Rodeo California.  Her future plans include pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Communication at Fresno State.

In addition to being crowned Miss Rodeo California 2013, Skellenger was also presented with awards for placing first in all of the judging categories, which included Horsemanship, Speech, Appearance, Personality, and Miss Photogenic.  Being Miss Rodeo California is a symbol of the western way of life, and one of the responsibilities as Miss Rodeo California is promoting the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.  Skellenger will return to the Antelope Valley to reign over the 2013 PRCA RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo – October 18, 19, 20, 2013 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

A different side of the PRCA Rodeo will be represented by Cesar “Kid” Banuelos, a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) – California Home Circuit Bareback Rider from Los Angeles.  Baneulos has traveled all over the United States and France competing in the Professional Rodeo Circuit.  His most recent competition was in the Campeonato Nacional De Rodeo Pesqueria N.L.

Banuelos believes in giving back to the community and demonstrates this passion by making appearances at local elementary schools to teach young kids about the life of a Professional Cowboy.

From professional rodeo cowboy to roping cowboy-to-be, 9-year-old Brody Manness will also join the fun.  Manness lives on a ranch in Tehachapi  and takes great pride in his western heritage – he is a cowboy.  In addition to his ranch chores (taking care of the livestock, cleaning stalls, etc.) he also rides horses.  Manness became interested in roping at a very early age.  He would watch his uncle rope and try to emulate him.  His family made him a “roping dummy”, made out of hay with a plastic set or horns on one end.

Brody Manness (left) Photo by Shawna Nelson.

Brody Manness (left) Photo by Shawna Nelson.

Brody practiced and practiced on this dummy until he mastered the art of roping.  Brody has been a great ambassador for both the Showdown Rodeo and the PRCA RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo.  He will be on hand to show other kids (and adults too!) how to rope, and he will share his passion for everything cowboy.

Hours for the City of Lancaster’s Farmer’s Market are 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, on Lancaster Boulevard, between Date and Fig Avenues.  “Country Night” entertainment takes place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Miss Rodeo California, Cesar “Kid” Banuelos and Brody Manness will return to participate in the PRCA RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo – October 18, 19 & 20, 2013 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.   Jacob Nelson and The Tone Wranglers will also perform at the PRCA Rodeo as the headline band at the Van Dam Barn Dance, Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 18 and 19th.

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  26 comments for ““Country Night” event at Farmers Market on the BLVD

  1. AVEMT-Original
    August 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I may head to the Blvd. for the music & to support the rodeo but will never buy ANY food from the so called “Farmer’s Market”. I’ve seen fresher & cleaner food stands at the four corners swap meet.

  2. Adam Chant
    August 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    These individuals who have offered their services to entertain and educate the community do not, in any way, deserve to be disrespected because of the “perceived” actions of others they are in no way associated with.

    The Farmers Market is a California Certified Farmers Market and the only one of this type in the Antelope Valley. It’s operated directly by Raw Inspirations which is a non-profit organization that manages certified farmers markets all over California and because of certification can accept both WIC and SFMNP(Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program) vouchers.
    The decision to host the farmers market on Thursdays was made by Raw Inspirations and the farmers who participate in the Lancaster Farmers Market, many of which are local to the greater Antelope Valley, but attend markets in other parts of the state various days of the week.

    • me
      August 8, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Adam, here’s hoping you can get your mayor out before “These individuals” you speak of lose any more business and/or audiences.
      Lancaster could have everything and more that Palmdale offers, but if the face of the city is a turn off to those people Lancaster needs for a vibrant consumer base, you lose. Simple as that.
      Maybe Rex could hire a PR machine to repackage his persona. The good news is American’s have short memories. The bad news is Rex would have to make more public appearances WHILE keeping his mouth shut and personality hidden.

      • Adam Chant
        August 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

        He’s not my Mayor.. I don’t live in Lancaster and my town doesn’t have a mayor only a town council. They are impotent, but I still shop in my town..

        Plus I’m intelligent enough to comprehend that the statements of an individual (whether they are mayor or even a commissioner) do not ubiquitously represent the views of people, businesses or organizations in said community.

        • Giggles333
          August 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

          Sounds like somebnody needs to grow a garden.
          Is this Farmer’s Market thing really the biggest fish we have to fry ion this valley/state? Ummmm..no. LOL

  3. Concerned nana
    August 6, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Sorry, my family and friends ALWAYS go to Thursday night on the square in Palmdale and have done so for the last 7 years! Regardless, I too think that this was a political move by the Lancaster dignitaries to hold their event on Thursday Night to try to draw people away from Palmdale’s event! There are six other days to try to bring peeps to Lancaster and they just magically had to pick Thursday? Really?

    • Nikolas Malechikos
      August 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Lancaster Farmers Market is held year-round.

      Thursday Night on the Square only during the summer months.

      Support both cities efforts if you choose. Attend Thursday Night on the Square for 12 weeks, and attend The BLVD Farmers Market the other 40 weeks of the year.

      No need to be snarky about it! ;-)

      • sikntired
        August 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        Support nothing in Lancaster until they divest themselves of the current regime.Time for a coup.

      • William
        August 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        Let’s see. 12 weeks versus 40 weeks. That sounds so fair to someone like a Rex Parris and you.

        Did you expect to get a pass on that?

        • Nikolas Malechikos
          August 7, 2013 at 6:50 am


          I was simply stating the facts, Sir. :-)

          Is it not true that Palmdale organizes Thursday Night on the Square only during the summer months? Perhaps I was a bit too generous with the assumption of 12 weeks. ;-)

          Regardless, I find it all just a bit childish to deny yourselves the opportunity to support a community nearby, simply because of the Mayor who leads the City Council. Not exactly sure what the Mayor, or his decisions/policies, have anything to do with attending a local Farmers Market.

          What about attending the AV Winery Farmers Market on Saturdays?

          Or are all of you going to exclude them as well, simply due to the fact that they are located in Lancaster?

          • William
            August 7, 2013 at 7:28 am

            You’ve got a rotten mayor in Lancaster whose words and actions have caused a backlash against his city.

            Quartz Hill residents aren’t happy with his support of the Walmart while he hypocritically whines and tells lies about Palmdale’s power plant and fireworks sales among many other things. It’s not just about the Thursdays. It’s much more. It’s much, much more.

            Parris has created a lot of bad PR for Lancaster yet you would rather criticize the people who are affected by his nonsense than his actual nonsense.

            You need to go to the source of all the controversies. Parris.

          • sikntired
            August 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

            Yup,60’s boycott style.

    • Ryan b.
      August 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Actually, you’re wrong! The Lancaster farmers market was scheduled for Thursday night because it is a participant on a circuit of other Southern California cities farmers markets. The vendors travel from one market to the other and they are on a set schedule. Thursday was the only night available and had nothing to do with Palmdale’s TNOTS event.

      • Resident Cynic
        August 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        Must be a miracle from on high that both Qu

      • Resident Cynic
        August 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        Must be a miracle from on high that both Quartz Hill and the Antelope Valley Winery can do their Farmers Markets on Friday and Saturday.

        • Tim
          August 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

          Those farmers markets are not on a circuit. The farmers market in Quartz Hill is organized by a church group.

        • Nikolas Malechikos
          August 7, 2013 at 6:51 am

          Tim is correct. Check your facts Mr anonymous “resident cynic”…

          Gotta love the anonymous posters on the Internet… hiding behind their keyboards and monitors. :-/

          • Resident Cynic
            August 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

            Who said anything about a circuit? I said that there are other Farmers Markets on Friidays and Saturdays in the AV. As for ” Resident Cynic”, who cares? The message not the messenger is what is to be discussed.
            Silence Dogood

          • sikntired
            August 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

            Anonymous posting means some wacko on this site can’t Google your address, property value, personal info.Doesn’t this concern you?

    • Tim
      August 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Thursday Night on the Square sucks! All it is are a bunch of sniveling political groups fighting amongst each other with people making sales pitches for swimming pools and satellite tv service, some tacky jewelry stands and a line of taco trucks with a has-been band playing 60s tunes in the background. Big freakin deal!

      • OT
        August 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        Funny thing Tim. That “Big freakin deal!” attracts thousands while Lancaster’s FM is lucky to bring in a couple 100. In fact, the turn out has been such a disappointment, it has already downsized. Thanks to Rex, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Your mayor is your biggest hurdle to overcome. If you got rid of the clown, you might actually get business again.

      • sikntired
        August 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        I will agree with you that it could be improved but it has one
        big advantage. IITS NOT IN PARRISVILLE.

  4. sikntired
    August 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Nope, boycotting Lancaster.Shop Palmdale.

    • interested
      August 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

      We should be focusing on supporting the dwindling cowboy community, not how much we dislike city governance. Take it to the polls.

      • sikntired
        August 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

        What I dislike is the Mayor of Lancaster suing my city for millions of dollars.That is why I will not spend money there.
        True, people of Lancaster need to vote him out.

        • Nikolas Malechikos
          August 7, 2013 at 6:53 am

          That isn’t going to happen. Rex gets things done, whether you like it or not. Compared to how Lancaster was managed in the decade prior to Mr Parris being voted in, the City has come a VERY long way in a VERY positive direction.

          I’ve been a resident of both Palmdale and Lancaster.

          I can’t exactly say that I am happy with the decisions Ledford and his various Councils have made over the last 20 years either. Some have been good. Some have been bad. That’s simply what you get.

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