If it’s true that every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings, then it follows that every time a cowboy’s spur hits the ground a cowboy gets a star. The stars are scattered about on the streets of downtown Newhall, California. Known as the Newhall Walk of Western Stars, each year at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, a new star is revealed on the sidewalk of Newhall’s Main Street area. Newhalls’s Mayor presents the star to the latest inductee and the cowboy celebration gets underway.
Taking place each year in April, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival isn’t just for cowboys (or cowgirls.) With four stages of cowboy, bluegrass and folk music, this festival is a great value for music lovers. Of course, there’s plenty of cowboy grub for sale and lots of activities for young buckaroos. The Walk of Western Stars program was started in 1981 and inducts a new Western musician, film, or television star each year as a way of recognizing their contribution to Western culture. Visitors to Newhall have access to the Walk of Western Stars anytime of day. There is a free app available (see link in Insider Tip) that guides visitors through the Walk of Western Stars.