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Yeehaw! There’s a Cattle Drive mooovin’ through downtown San Diego!

Released: May 25, 2017

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DEL MAR, Ca. (May 24, 2017) -- For the first time in at least a century, 200 cows will be led in a cattle drive through the streets of downtown San Diego starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, as a celebration of both this year’s San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons | Vons, and the 150th Anniversary of the historic Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego.

Once upon a time, cattle roamed all throughout Mission Valley and the downtown Gaslamp District which was known as “those streets just south of Broadway.” But today, as San Diego County’s population expands and creates a more urban environment, the chance to see cows wander the streets downtown, to hear dogs yapping and nipping at the herd and to see cowboys yelling “git along, little doggies,” all the while skyscrapers loom overhead - hundreds of city slickers will have the chance to view from nearby. This will be a special event indeed.

Forty cowboys will ride the perimeter of the herd with their cattle dogs, expertly keeping the cattle contained as the procession travels down the street at about four miles an hour. There is a Cattle Drive Boss who oversees the cowboys as they drive forward. It's not as easy as it looks, since it takes a lot of expert cattlemen to move hundreds of 700-pound animals together in an environment unfamiliar to them. “Keep ‘em movin” becomes a very important command, because if one cow stops on the trail, another will stop and then they will start thinking about where they are and where they want to go. Cowboys are experienced at keeping their herd moving along at a nice, mellow pace.

The drive will begin about 8 a.m., from the staging area at North Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. The herd will move past the San Diego Convention Center and 5th Avenue; then, the 200 cattle and nearly 50 cowboys will loop around and head back to 5th Avenue and turn right, into the historic Gaslamp District sign. They will continue to Market street and head back to Harbor Drive and back into their staging area.

There will be plenty of places for public viewing along the way, including the grass area of Ruocco Park, the grass area in front of Kansas City Barbeque for the beginning and end of the drive, as it will pass by it twice, all along Harbor Drive, and the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Harbor at Market Street. Public viewing on 5th Avenue is only encouraged from inside open restaurants/establishments, not from the sidewalks. Some Gaslamp businesses will allow patrons to sit on their patios and inside as the drive moves through. The cattle move through any given area very quickly, only tying up the roadway for a few minutes at a time.

About the 2017 San Diego County Fair

Ride ‘em cowboys! “Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, remembering the rough and tumble Wild, Wild West and celebrating how the West is fun today. The 2017 Fair will feature a Wild West saloon, numerous Western-themed educational and historic exhibits and country music for everyone to enjoy. There is a new Sheriff in town and it is you! Pull on your boots, grab your cowboy hat, and ride on in to Del Mar for some fun this summer. The Fair opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and runs through Tuesday, July 4; it is closed the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information visit sdfair.com.

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858)-755-1161 ext 2573
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