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Wild West Fest

Mechanical bull ride

Sunday, May 16, 2015
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
6200 Flying L.C. Lane


Parking available at Carrillo Elementary with entry into Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park through the school field.

Leo Carrillo Rancho is the perfect back drop for this festive step back in time.  This Wild West event brings cowboys to Carlsbad with western music, western photo backdrops, a mechanical bull ride, Rodeo Roper activity, pony rides, and more.  There is also a salsa contest where you can either compete or taste.    A $3 salsa tasting wristband and $6 Activity Card is available for purchase at the event. Bring the entire family out for an exciting afternoon at Leo Carrillo Ranch.  Activity cards and wristbands are required for some activities and can be purchased at the event.

Food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for an additional cost. 

Special thanks to event sponsor:


Sponsorship, donations and vendor opportunities

Please contact Special Events,

Schedule of activities

11 a.m.      Crafts, pony rides, face painting, trading post, food and beverages for sale
11 a.m. Mechanical bull ride
11 a.m.

Western Entertainment

Alpine Outlaws Western Group and photo opportunity

11:30 a.m. Judging for salsa contest
1:45 p.m. Salsa winners announced
2 p.m. Event ends

Some activities require an activity card or wristband.



$6 Activity Card - Can be shared with multiple children.

Card includes 6 squares used for the following items:
While supplies last

Etching craft FREE
Cowboy button craft 1 square
Vest craft 1 square
Picture frame craft 1 square
Necklace craft 2 square
Cowboy hat craft 3 squares
Mechanical bull ride 3 squares
Souvenir Photo 3 squares
* Face painting 3 squares

*Line shuts down at 1:30 p.m.

$3 Souvenir Photo - Can be purchased by itself or as part of the activity card.

$3 Salsa tasting wristbands

$3 Root beer tastings with a rootbeer float

$6 Pony Ride

How are your salsa making skills?  Want to test out your talents?  This is the perfect venue to host this recreational competition is a great way to meet people, get creative, and just have fun.  Contestants need to provide salsa and whatever decorations to spruce up your table.  We will provide the rest (bowls, ladles, chips, cups and napkins).  Prizes are award on salsa and presentation.  Check out our salsa entry form for more details.  It's free to enter.

Enter the salsa contest

Special thanks to salsa contest sponsor, Chili's, Encinitas.

Download an entry form.  Salsa contest will be judged by event sponsor, Chili's Grill & Bar Restaurant. 

Winners will be announce at 1:45 p.m. in the following categories:

    • Best Salsa
    • People's Choice
    • Best Presentation
    • Best Fruit Salsa
    • Hottest
    • Most Unique
    • Funniest Presentation

2014 salsa contest winners

2014 salsa contest winners

 Best Overall  Sandy Anderson
 People's Choice  Barbara Berger
 Best Presentation   Paul Aguilar
 Chili's Vote Presentation  Minnie Tafoya
 Best Fruit  Linda Meza
 Hottest  SanySheppard
 Most Unique  Neicy Rowley
 Most Original  Debbie Cowan
 Funniest Presentation  Roland Buchheit


Map and directions to Leo Carrillo Ranch

Parking available at Carrillo Elementary School with entry into the park through the school field. 

There is limited parking as well as disabled parking in the Leo Carrillo Historic Park parking lot.  There is additional parking at Carrillo Elementary School with walking access to Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park through the school blacktop and field.  Look for signs leading to the park.  There is a parking exception from 11 to 2 p.m. on May 18 for the north side of Carrillo Way starting at Flying L.C. Lane to Rancho Caballo allowing parking in the "no parking zone."  The south side of Carrillo Way will remain a "no parking" zone.

Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department
Special Events
Rachael Shay

Special Events hotline

Harding Community Center
3096 Harding St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008