Event Features Car Show, Demonstrations, Barbecue, Wine & More

There will be something for kids of every age to enjoy at the newly-revamped Caledonia Days event on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the entire family out to the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel to celebrate days gone by, learn historical facts about the area, and join in preserving this monument for future generations. Admission is free!

Rios-Caledonia Car Show

Photo by Meagan Friberg
Rios-Caledonia Adobe Car Show

“It is important for people from this area, including the younger generation, to learn the history of their own neighborhood,” said Friends of the Adobes President Tom Taylor.
Honored guests include a group of Salinan Indians who will demonstrate skills such as basket weaving and adobe brick making. Students and teachers from Lillian Larsen Elementary School will assist with making bricks in intervals at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. The bricks made at the event will remain permanently on the grounds of the historic Adobe as part of the landscape.
In addition, members of local car associations will display classic cars including Model A’s, Model T’s, and V-8 engines along the main entrance road to the Adobe, a preserved portion of the original Highway 101. Vote for your favorite car and see which one brings home the coveted People’s Choice award. An antique stagecoach will also be on display to pay homage to transportation from an earlier era.
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Photo by Meagan Friberg
A plaque situated outside the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel explains its history.

Food and drink will be available for purchase including barbecue tri-tip sandwiches and hot dogs. Dutch oven cooks will prepare desserts including fruit cobblers, and there will be wine for sale by the glass including Tackitt Family Vineyards and San Marcos Creek Vineyard labels.
“This event is a combination of our former Caledonia Days, traditionally held in September, and our Car Show, traditionally held in June,” said Adobe Volunteer Kathy Brown. “We decided to combine the two events and host it in the spring to allow for better weather. It’s a chance for kids of all ages to come out and see history and share a good time with friends, family, and neighbors.”
Presented by the Friends of the Adobes and Native Sons of the Golden West, the event is sponsored by San Miguel Mercantile and Leo’s Café.
The Rios-Caledonia Adobe is located at 700 South Mission St. in San Miguel, across from Mission San Miguel. For more information, call 805-467-3357 or see www.rios-caledoniaadobe.org, and be sure to follow Rios-Caledonia Adobe on Facebook and Instagram.