Why Sagebrush Days?

In the 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 Sheriff’s Posse and the Model A Club as well as the San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, 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.

The parade is coordinated by the San Miguel Chamber 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, was established in 1797. Its presence as a National Historical Treasure (the existence of the original frescos that regale the interior of its functioning church–a remarkable maintenance of original artistic devotion) makes it a sublime place to visit. The art itself was completed by Salinan Indians, native to this area of San Luis Obispo County. 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.

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 downloaded here and delivered to the San Miguel Mercantile at 1141A Mission Street, San Miguel, or mailed to P.O. Box 385, San Miguel, Ca. 93451. For more information, contact Mike Sanders, SMCC Chairman, at michaelj.sanders9@gmail.com or call (805) 712-9120.