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Zalud House Museum Pioneer Days & Rib Cook-Off

October 9, 2021

(Rib Cook-Off begins at 7am)
Downtown Porterville

The Zalud House Museum Pioneer Days & Rib Cook-Off began in 2012 as a fundraiser for the Zalud House Museum.  In a partnership with the Jackass Mail Run Association, Main Street Porterville is transformed into a vision of the old west, complete with a live shoot out in the street.  Historical and educational displays and re-enactments are just a few of the attractions that are featured at the event every year.

The anticipation of the Rib Cook-Off is probably the biggest draw to the crowd.  Any and all backyard BBQ enthusiasts are welcomed to compete in the rib cook-off and vie for cash prizes or the People's Choice Trophy. The public can buy tickets to taste the ribs and sample an array of flavors and fashions of rib styles.  The rib tasting is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and is the major fundraiser for the Zalud House.

Other components of the event are the Junior Miss and Little Miss Pioneer Days Pageants. These informal pageants give little girls the opportunity to dress up in their favorite western look, and charm the judges as they compete for the titles.

Commercial and handmade vendors, food booths and other informational booths will be on hand, as well as other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The City of Porterville Parks & Leisure Services is proud to offer this special event for the community.  This event is fully funded on the generous donations from sponsors, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the protection and the preservation of the Zalud House Museum. 

For more info, call Tonya at (559)791-7697.






See video of the 2011 Sesquicentennial Pioneer Days Shoot Out

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