Please Note: You MUST prepurchase your tickets in advance before you RSVP 'Yes' for this event. The tour will SELL OUT very soon, so don't hesitate in prepurchasing your ticket.
To purchase $40 tickets online, go to: http://cowboyfestival.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=382
Make sure you purchase the tickets for the Behind the Scenes Tour on Sunday, April 21st, at 8:30 AM.
I found out about Melody Ranch and the Cowboy Festival last year when I first visited the William S Hart Ranch. Upon further research, I discovered that this ranch is the site of where many western movies are filmed, including the recent Django Unchained. The only challenge is they only offer 2 behind the scenes tours per year and this happens to take place during the Cowboy Festival, so tickets sell out pretty quickly.
From their website:
Behind the Scenes Tour
Take a walking tour of Melody Ranch with local historians Kim and E. J. Stephens. Hear tales of building the Ranch, learn about the Ranch’s film history, and visit Melody Ranch Motion Picture Museum. Please remember: This is a walking tour that covers a wide area of Melody Ranch. Limited to 60 participants. Includes daily admission to the Festival.
Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio
Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Old West on the streets of a historic film studio, Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio.
Located in Santa Clarita,California, Melody Ranch has served as the backdrop for countless films since the days of Gene Autry, William S. Hart and Tom Mix. The 22-acre studio is located in “The 30 Mile Zone” (TMZ) and offers a unique western town with working interiors like a saloon, bank, jail, general store, hotel, church, school, livery stable and theatre, not to mention hundreds of feet of boardwalks that round out this amazing film location.
Only open to the public for the Festival weekend, Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio encapsulates the culture, flavors and folklore of the Old West life as guests walk through years of movie history. Since its opening in 1915, countless western films have been produced at this location including The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Wyatt Earp and most recently Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained.
Each year, the Cowboy Festival offers two exclusive opportunities for festival-goers to tour some of Santa Clarita’s most filmed locations, including an SCV Film Tour and a Behind the Scenes Tour of Melody Ranch, with movie-buffs E.J. and Kim Stephens.
About the Festival
Santa Clarita’s rich Western heritage takes center stage each year at the Cowboy Festival. This year marks the 20th annual event and looking back, some residents may wonder why the City hosts this Festival, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year.
More than two decades ago, City leaders were inspired by the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and decided to create a unique celebration of Santa Clarita’s Western history – from art and music to film and television. In 1994, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival made its debut, honoring the authentic Old West through music, poetry, cowboy gear, food and storytelling in a setting that was unique to the area…and the rest is history!
Although elements of the event have changed over the years, Santa Clarita’s Cowboy Festival has always delivered a one-of-a-kind, multi-day lineup of music, food, entertainment and activities for Western enthusiasts of all ages.
This year, the City of Santa Clarita has planned an event that’s guaranteed to delight attendees of all ages. The Festival’s gracious hosts, the Veluzat family, will once again open the doors of Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio for the event, providing a venue unlike any other. The Studio comes to life on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 2013, with the sights, sounds, and smells of Cowboy life as performers serenade, vendors serve up Dutch Oven treats, and attendees shop for merchandise that celebrates the past with the flair of today.