Shafter Centennial Celebration

Shafter 100 YearsShafter celebrates its 100th birthday in 2013. Shafter has reached it's exciting milestone. Join us in celebrating Shafter's Centennial. Volunteers are making plans to honor the city’s heritage while embracing its future in this centennial year. The centennial will be a theme of community events as well as new wall murals throughout the year, building up to the Shafter Centennial Festival on October 17, 2013, through October 20, 2013.

Getting Involved
You are invited to join as an official sponsor and volunteer of the entire celebration or various events. You can get involved by volunteering, and through in-kind or monetary contributions. We invite and encourage your participation. For more information, please contact the Centennial Committee Chairman Cathy Prout at 661-746-6409 or the Shafter Chamber of Commerce at 661-746-2600.

Applications & Forms
Courtesy of the Shafter Church of Christ, dry camping is available during the Centennial Celebration Festival. You can make a reservation by downloading the form below and submitting it as instructed:
Shafter CentennialCentennial Festival Event Schedule
Below you can view the festival event schedule for Thursday, October 17, 2013, through Sunday, October 20, 2013.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
  • 7 p.m. - Gaslight Melodrama Theatre Presents Shafter Showdown located at the Fred L. Starrh Performing Arts Center on the Shafter High School Campus. Purchase tickets at the door. Tickets are $2 per person, and $5 per family.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Shafter High School All-Alumni Tailgate:
  • 3:30 p.m. - Free tours of the Shafter High School Campus
  • 5 p.m. - Food and free entertainment at Mannel Park
  • 5:45 p.m. -  Shafter High School Marching Band
  • 6 p.m. Elvis Everlasting performed by Stan Hester
  • 7 p.m. Jazz band. barbecue dinners, burritos, nachos, and desserts sold by Shafter High School's Student Clubs
  • 8 p.m. - Free fireworks blast at the Shafter Sports Complex, 700 E. Tulare Avenue
Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, Veterans Hall, 309 California Avenue. Purchase tickets at the door, $6 per person
  • 7:30 a.m. - Fun run / stroll, $10 per person, at Shafter Recreation and Parks District, 700 East Tulare Avenue
  • 10 a.m. - Downtown Parade - Lerdo Highway at Central Avenue to Shafter High School. Check in at Shafter Avenue at Poso Street
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Free Shafter Depot Museum Tours, 150 North Central Valley Highway
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Postal Service Cancellation Stamp, Mannel Park
  • 12 p.m. - Celebration at Mannel Park. Free kids and family activities and entertainment featuring:
    • Midway games, contests, clowns, balloon sculptures, etc.
    • Magician Ron Saylor
    • Elvis Everlasting performed by Stan Hester
    • Music by Fiddlers Barton Bros., Keith Starrh, Wasco Steel Drums, Lord of the Cello, etc.
    • Exhibitions by Unity Winterguard, Folkloric Dancers, and Taekwondo Tigers
    • Vendors, concessionaires, and exhibitors
    • Barbecue dinner. Purchase tickets at the festival, $7 per person
    • Free Fireman’s Muster, Mannel Avenue and Tulare Avenue
    • Car Show, 430 East Tulare Avenue at Mannel Park
    • Three on three basketball, Mannel Avenue at Blake Street
    • Four on four soccer, Shafter High School Baseball Field, Mannel Avenue at Sierra Avenue
  • 3:30 p.m. - 2010 Census Population Center Dedication and Postal Service Cancellation Stamp at the Shafter Depot Museum, 150 Central Valley Highway
  • 6:30 p.m. - Free Tractor Pull, Lerdo Highway and Beech Avenue
  • 8 p.m. to Midnight - Barn Dance. $10 per person. 18451 Beech Avenue between Riverside and East Orange
  • 9 p.m. - Senior High Student Activities, $2 per person. Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church, 400 Kern Street
Sunday, October 20, 2013
  • 12:30 p.m. - Civic Luncheon, Veterans Hall, 309 California Avenue, tickets are $10 per person
  • 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Free Green Hotel Tours, 530 James Street
  • 2 p.m. - Free Time Capsule Ceremony, 201 Central Valley Highway
  • 6 p.m. - Timeline of Churches - Fred L. Starrh Performing Arts Center:
    Shafter High School
    150 Central Valley Highway
    Shafter, CA 93263
Mural Project
For a look at the progress on the murals commemorating Shafter's centennial visit the artist's webpage.

Family History
Read the featured Family History stories of family histories, memories, and antidotes of families who settled in early Shafter. We would encourage you to document your piece of Shafter history for others to enjoy. Ideally, your story would be more than 100 but less than 300 words in length.

Of course, families may contribute more than one reminiscence. This is a chance to document your family's history and the opportunity to share them. If you would like to contribute but are unable to compose an article, contact us so that we may document the information for you.

Past Events
A birthday party kickoff for the centennial celebration was held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5 p.m., at the Shafter High School Cafeteria. About 700 people enjoyed music, entertainment, a slideshow of Shafter's history, the announcement of Shafter's Centennial Baby, and presentation of proclamations by the Shafter City Council and California Legislature. In addition to the centennial birthday cake, hot dogs and refreshments were served.