Fiesta may be next month in Santa Barbara, but on June 16, it was all about Viva La Goleta! On June 8, the Goleta City Council officially proclaimed June 16 as Fiesta Ranchera Day in the City of Goleta. Everyone in Council Chambers and watching at home enjoyed seeing the 2022 Spirit of Fiesta Tara Mata and the Junior Spirit of Fiesta Layla Gocong perform. Both were issued Certificates of Recognition. La Presidente Maria Cabrera, who is a Goleta resident herself, thanked the City of Goleta and the Council for carrying on the great tradition of Fiesta Ranchera at the beautiful and historic Rancho La Patera and Stow House.
Then on June 16, hundreds of people attended the Fiesta Ranchera event. Party-goers danced the night away to local band Area 51, enjoyed delicious food and beverages courtesy of several local vendors and watched stunning performances from the Spirit and Junior Spirit. Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this such a memorable fundraising event for Old Spanish Days.
This year marks 14 years of collaboration with Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society to put on this treasured event.
Goleta’s first Fiesta Stow House event was held on August 3, 1968!
Spirit of Fiesta Tara Mata dancing in Goleta City Council Chambers
Junior Spirit of Fiesta Layla Gocong dancing in Goleta City Council Chambers
Pictured left-to-right: City of Goleta Community Relations Manager Kelly Hoover, Francisco Cabrera, Councilmember James Kyriaco, Mayor Paula Perotte, Old Spanish Days La Presidente Maria Cabrera, Councilmember Roger Aceves and Councilmember Kyle Richards at Fiesta Ranchera on June 16