The Orangevale “Pow Wow days” started out as a one day event on the third week of May with a modest size parade and occasionally a barbecue over fifty years ago. The very first event was originally named “Chuck Wagon Days” in 1963. The very next year “Chuck Wagon Days” became “Fiesta Days” and then the next year was named “Pow Wow Day”. Over the years, “Pow Wow Days” grew into a four-day event always opening the third week of May. Each day holds a special event and theme, opening day this year featured Jazz and the Orangevale chamber of commerce, day two “Mix it up” with Dueling DJs, day three “Something for Everyone”, and day four “Fiesta Pow Wow”. Orangevale’s fifty second opening day was a wash, literally, with an unexpected rainstorm causing the fair to shut down entirely. The soggy ground did not stop fair goers from attending day two, to observe the parade and take part in Mix it up dueling DJs.
Brianna Lutz age eight and her friend Macey Norman did not get to attend opening day due to the rain, but jumped into the festivities by getting their faces painted. Breanna’s grandparents have been attending Pow Wow Days for over twenty years and have been bringing Breanna for the last six years. Their grandparents have been apart of the Orangevale community for over 30 years and want to instill the sense of community into the girls to keep pride and tradition alive.
With free admittance, the “Pow Wow Days” can be a family-friendly and affordable event located at 7301 Filbert Avenue in Orangevale, CA. The event brings thousands together. Parking this year is six dollars for average size vehicles and ten for oversized; the proceeds aid the Casa Roble High School Basketball Team. “Proudly hosted by the Orangevale Chamber of Commerce, our country fair has highlighted, promoted and financially supported over 22 schools, athletic and service programs/groups for the last 51 years.”
Strolling around after the parade newly crowned Miss Orangevale Allison Benis age nineteen took in the ambiance of the fair with her boyfriend. Miss Benis said she is looking forward to her upcoming duties and is still surprised she won considering she had just entered into the running a month prior when her friend Laura Baryak last years Miss Orangevale encouraged her to enter. Miss Benis is a first time pageant winner and a student at Folsom Lake College where she is studying phycology with a goal to work as a child physiologist. Her duties as a pageant winner will be to attend fundraisers for the community of Orangevale, the first one being the Orangevale Food Bank.
The community of Orangevale comes together and creates a carnival every year that embraces the community by bringing local eatery’s, talent, and people like Brenda Kidwell (who put together and ran Kid Round Up) giving the opportunity to connect on a different level than the day to day. Pow Wow Days is a way to stay connected and embraces both defenses and commonality in the community.
School Can Be Cool
Colecting Funs for Basket Ball Team
Got to Keep it Regulated
Taking in the Attractions
Breanna Lutz age 8 right and Macey Norman age 5 have been coming to Pow Wow Days their entire lives and look forward to it every year. Lincoln Easley age 33 holds two degrees in art from Sierra College, and runs a small business in face painting/balloon twisting.(Christen Bare/AI Photo)
2015 Miss Orangevale
It's a Dirty Job But..
Casa Roble High School volunteers raising funds for their school and keeping it green. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Pow Wow Night Life
The sprite of the festival continue after dark. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Zoey Ware age 8 tearfully watches on as her parents ride the ferris wheel. Aneva Bemis left in charge to watch Zoey said, "Zoey is having a hard week, she has not been a good listener". Zoey stated that she, "didn't clean her room because it is boring and that was the only thing she didn't listen about this week, but regret not listening". (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Big Fish Little Pond
Jaxon Espinosa age six won himself a blue dragon playing Fishem Frogs with his father Taylor who said they come every year. Ronald Russo Fishem Frogs game operator has worked Pow Wow Days for the past five years says, "Nothing like bringing a smile to little kids, they get so excited". (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Kelvin Tircuit age 48 at one of the entrances to Pow Wow Days. This is his first time at the event and says he is enjoying the change up from his normal post as security for a Sacramento Cannabis Club. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Volunteering for a Good Cause
When Taylor Mccoard and Katelyn Wagner both age 13 were assigned a community service assignment at Luis Pasteur Middle School for their history class they signed up to help raise funds for the Danney Oliver memorial Fund. The girls are required to donate six hours of their time, they will be here till 10pm to complete their service. The goal is to raise $3,000 currently just over a thousand has been achieved with the girls help. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Come Ride With Me
Playtime Pony Rides owner and operator Kristi works 12 fairs a year and takes on birthday parties and special events every other weekend. The funds go into the upkeep of the five ponies and a little extra spending cash. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
The Art of Negotiation
Wyatt Graham age 43 came out of retirement from carnival games to fulfill a favor to a friend to cover Pow Wow Days. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Hard Work Eqauals Play
Waiting in line for the bumper cars Brenda, Wyatt age 5, Keith Kidwell and her brother Joshua Groves take in some family fun after the Kid Round Up Brenda put on earlier in the day. With a 100 kids participating in the Kid Round Up Brenda was proud to say they won the "big" trophy over all the equestrians trophies for the event. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
The Joy of Sopy Water
Sunday the 17th on the last day of Pow Wow Days, Mauric Davis entertains and promotes toys for sail. This is his first time at Pow Wow Days and is really looking forward to next year. He said, "It's a lot of fun to bring joy to the kids while their parents listen to the concert". (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
It All About the Rides
Maria and Ariana Velazquez age 9 rising to new heights on the ferris wheel getting their moneys worth out of their unlimited ride pass wrists bands. This is their first time coming to Pow Wow Days and said they look forward to coming back next year now that they know about it. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Eva Bare age 5 runs to get in line with Maria Velazquez age 9. Eva and Maria made fast friends in line waiting to ride Cliff Hanger and spent the next hour riding rides together. Eva is an outgoing loving child who says, "hi friend" to each child who walks by, it was only a matter of time for her to gain one. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Get Your Tickets Here
Chloe Norwood age 25 is on her last year before she goes back to college at Sacramento State. She says the best part of her job is, "making the kids happy, not so much the adults, even though that sounds bad". Chloe likes that the carnival circuit, "is like a big family out here we all look out for each other, and will miss it when I leave".(Christen Bare/AI Photo)
The Big Bribe
Eva Bare age five promised to be a good girl all day in order to get a pony ride after church on the last day of Pow Wow Days.(Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Spreding the Word
John Van Dusen has been working for Inter Ganic for the last seven years to bridge the gap between consumers and local organic farms. There are twenty involved farms within a 100 mile radios of Sacramento who provide fresh produce to Inter Ganic. The consumer orders seasonal produce boxes though Inter Ganic with a delivery every other week to their residence, at $2 a pound each box weighing around 16 pounds, for $30-$60 a month depending on the consumers needs. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)
Steve Doughtry the owner and operator of Fire Bar and Grill in Orangevale is on his fourth year at Pow Wow Days, he only does three events each year the second event is the Scottish Games. (Christen Bare/AI Photo)