Dale Evans Centennial Celebration
Apple Valley, California, remembers the queen of the West in late September
While Dale Evans may no longer be with us, the beloved cowgirl and star has certainly not been forgotten. This Halloween would have marked Dale’s 100th birthday, and as a tribute to her life and legacy, a weekend of events is being held September 29 – 30 in Apple Valley, California.
During the Dale Evans Centennial Celebration, the town she and husband Roy Rogers called home for more than three decades will host displays, talks, tours, live entertainment, and other events in her honor.
The celebration kicks off Saturday morning with tours and talks at the Dale Evans Memorial Chapel in Sunset Hills Memorial Park, where the queen of the West and her king were laid to rest. Pay your respects to Dale and Roy, and see the commemorative statue of Trigger. Then, visit the new Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Apple Valley, and meet the surviving family members before hopping on a bus to tour the Rogers’ original home and the Route 66 Museum in nearby Victorville. There, photo and musical arrangements will be dedicated to Dale.
Head back to Apple Valley in time for the dinner and show at Sunset Hills Memorial Chapel, featuring a celebrity panel and two live bands.
On Sunday, the festivities will move to the Roy Rogers Double R Ranch, about 12 miles outside of Apple Valley just north of Oro Grande off Route 66. After attending Cowboy Church, visitors can tour the ranch and the ranch house museum, hear live music, and enjoy the barbeque.
Just be sure not to miss the afternoon panel. Celebrities, family members, and friends will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the dynamic duo, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.