Hold on to your cowboy hats – the Wild West is here once again. The City of Carlsbad’s annual Wild West Fest will take place on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park and will include western-themed activities, a salsa contest which will be judged by Chili’s Encinitas, root beer tastings, pony rides, and a mechanical bull riding for kids. Admission will be free to the community but activity cards will be offered for $6 and include access to the pony and mechanical bull rides, souvenir photos with authentically dressed cowboys and cowgirls, and western-themed crafts. Root beer tastings will also be offered for $3 and participants can taste five different root beers in addition to receiving a root beer float. Special Events Supervisor Rachael Shay explained, “Wild West Fest is a step back in time since Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park was once an actual working ranch. The Wild West is something beach communities like Carlsbad don’t often get to experience. It’s a fun change of pace that also looks back at the city’s heritage.” For more information call 760-602-7519 or visit www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec.