PASO ROBLES — Keeping tradition is important to Paso Robles and the 88th annual Pioneer Day Parade on Saturday, Oct 13 provides the community an outlet to share and remember over 125 years of history. Paso Roblans, both old and new, make a point to congregate back home on the second weekend in October and celebrate the town’s history and its people.
This year, the theme for the parade will be, “Pioneers of the Past and Future,” featuring hundreds of participants, from school groups to the dancing horses of the caballeros, antique tractors, horse-drawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, youth groups, church groups, civic groups, floats, vintage cars, fire engines, military vehicles and more.
Pioneer Day Marshal Bob Tullock, Queen Jo Ann Arnold Switzer and Belle Jewel Melina Anthony, representing Lockwood, will welcome the crowd as they make their way down the Pioneer Day Parade route as thousands line Spring Street; led by the North County Color Guard as the parade kicks off at 10 a.m., followed by the Bean Feed and other events in the Downtown City Park.
The parade route starts at 16th and Spring Street and ends surrounding the Paso Robles City Park.
The first Pioneer Day was held on Oct. 12, 1931. It was organized by community volunteers working with generous donations of time, materials and money from individuals, businesses, churches and service organizations. Their goal was to provide a day of community friendship and a commemoration of the heritage of the Paso Robles area.
It would also become a day set aside to say “Thank You” to all of the people who support the business and professional community of the area throughout the year. Most businesses close so that their employees could enjoy and participate in the activities and family reunions. Everything was free, no commercial concessions and lunch would be provided at no cost. The whole day is free and entirely funded by the business people and dedicated citizens of the area who say: “Leave Your Pocketbook at Home.”
After all of the entries finish wheeling or walking their way around the Downtown City Park, the noon Bean Feed will be in full swing. People line up around the park with pots and Tupperware containers ready to fill up on what is called “the best beans in the world.”
Out to serve the seemingly never-ending line for beans, are the Paso Robles volunteer fire department and many volunteer community members.
For more information about Pioneer Day, visit www.pasoroblespioneerday.org.
To view the commemorative program, visit https://issuu.com/nmcdigital/docs/pioneerday_2018.
7 a.m. Traditional Bean Cooking Begins – Paso Robles City Park
8 a.m. Children’s Pet Show – Paso Robles City Park Gazebo
Little Cowboy / Cowgirl Contest — Paso Robles City Park Gazebo
10 a.m. Pioneer Day Parade – Starts at 16th & Spring Street
Noon Free Bean Feed – Paso Robles City Park; Carnegie Library & Historical Museum; Pioneer Park/Museum Activities / Antique Tractor & Wagon Display and Vintage Engine Show – Pioneer Museum
12:30 p.m. Concert in the Park – The Carolyn Sill Combo – Paso Robles City Park Gazebo
1 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Contest – Paso Robles City Park; Gymkhana is Back – Paso Robles Event Center; and the Whiskerino Contest – Paso Robles City Park at the Carnegie Library