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How The West Is One

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The 61th annual Elk Grove Western Festival celebrating this years theme How The West Is One. Join us for a weekend filled with fun and excitement and help us celebrate the 5th annual Elk Grove Western Festival & BBQ Championship brought to Elk Grove courtesy of the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS).

WHEN? Friday May 4th - Sunday May 6th
WHERE? At the Elk Grove Regional Park

The Carnaval starts things off Friday night, and the festivities continue with the Western Festival Parade on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. The Parade starts on Elk Grove Blvd at the corner of Emerald Oak Drive and ends at the Elk Grove High School back parking lot.

All parade entries will be judged on their ability to celebrate the history of the Elk Grove Western Festival as it has been celebrated for the past 61 years. Judges will be looking for creative interpretation of this year's theme How The West Is One. 

Come and join us for three days of family fun and excitement at Elk Grove Regional Park. It will be a weekend filled with wonderful entertainment, great food, classic cars, art exhibition showing the talents of you local High School Students, the Kid's Zone, Crafter's and our fabulous carnival of fun.

KCBS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 19,000 members worldwide. For more information about the KCBS, visit their website at For a complete schedule of the BBQ competition, go to or download the Free Town Planner App.


Come join in on the fun and excitement, become a volunteer for this year's Elk Grove Western Festival. There's plenty to do and lots to see and help is always appreciated.

If you love a parade, come and assist with this year's parade titled Diamonds & Denims. Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

  • l Parade Marshals
  • l Parade Registration
  • l Parade Route Set-up
  • l Judging Coordinator
  • l Reviewing Stand Set-up/Tear-down
  • l Hospitality/Food

Volunteer help is always needed at the Elk Grove park getting things ready for the Festival. If you'd like to help out at the park, or with the parade, Click Here for more information.

Poster Contest

The Elk Grove Western Festival 2016 Poster Contest is open to all high school junior and senior students in the EGUSD. The 61th annual festival will be held from Friday evening May 4th through May 6th and this years theme is “How The West Is One.”

The winning entry will be used in the Festival’s marketing/advertising campaign. The three winning entries will be displayed at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town Elk Grove and during the Festival, at the Elk Grove Community Art Show in the Elk Grove Regional Park Pavilion. Arrangements will be made for artwork to be picked up by students. Please invite your family and friends to these two free shows. All entries become the property of the EGWF organization.

The poster entry must be submitted by DEADLINE of Friday, February 26th

Students should contact their high school art department chair, teacher or Mike Matwiczak, Western Festival Poster Contest Chairperson at for details.


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