The City of Agoura Hills announced that the 2012 Reyes Adobe Days (RAD) was one of its most successful, exceeding all expectations of participation.
Throughout the three day weekend, thousands of visitors and residents filled the multiple events to capacity. “The turnout and participation by our businesses, organizations, volunteers and attendees celebrated community with a capital C,” said Mayor John Edelston.
"We had overwhelming comments from visitors, patrons and vendors on how they were absolutely loving this year's event," said Pricilla Kromnick, who serves on the city's Cultural Arts Council.
For the Reyes Adobe Days Parade, businesses and organizations went the extra mile in celebrating the city's 30th anniversary with the parade theme,“30 Years of The Good Life!” Thousands of spectators enjoyed entertaining float entries that featured dressed-up characters, local schools and organizations, colorful equestrians and the Oscar Meyer Weiner truck.
Serving as Celebrity Grand Marshal, Hayley Kiyoko, a 20-year-old actress and musician who grew up in Agoura Hills, posed for pictures and signed autographs at post parade festivities. "It was great to see so many friends, former teachers and family," she said. "I loved growing up in this area and had a wonderful childhood because of it."
With this year's new activities and popular tribute bands, the Day at the Adobe weekend festival attracted all age groups to enjoy live entertainment, rancho activities, shopping, museum tours, and sampling local micro brews and wines.
"Having the opportunity to interact with our customers, friends and neighbors in the fun, social setting of Reyes Adobe Days reminds us how fortunate we are to live and work in a community that has so much to offer its residents," said Paul Berkovitz, owner of Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills, title sponsor of Reyes Adobe Days for the past two years.
Most RAD events are free to the public because of the support of local businesses and volunteers. Since community service hours are required to graduate from high school, many teens got involved with the 2012 Reyes Adobe Days. In addition to running activities and assisting with the steady flow of visitors throughout the weekend volunteers also helped manage the 1,200 runners who entered the RAD 10K and 10-mile runs. Volunteer Coordinator Jodi Regan said, "I had volunteers already asking to help again next year."
The city announced that RAD's Art@Adobe gallery and museum store inside the Reyes Adobe Historical Site barn will continue through the holidays. Highlighting the growing art talent in the Conejo Valley, the Art@Adobe exhibit features 17 local artists whose original paintings, photographs and mixed media pieces are available for purchase along with more affordable renditions of their work. See the Reyes Adobe Historical Site link at the city's website for viewing hours.
"Reyes Adobe Days brings the very best of what the Conejo Valley offers to one cultural venue. It's where everyone can play in the past as well as the present," said Agoura Hills Community Service Director Amy Brink. "When the Reyes Adobe Historical Site was completed nine years ago, RAD was just an idea to highlight Agoura Hills's first home and new landmark. It has since grown into a major fall event."
The 9th Annual Reyes Adobe Days will take place October 4 - 6, 2013. If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer, contact Agoura Hills Department of Recreation at 818-597-7361.