Step into History During Paso's Pioneer Day

The 85th annual Paso Robles Pioneer Day – returning on Saturday, October 10 – is a great free event for the whole family to enjoy. During this celebration of history and tradition, downtown Paso Robles will come to life with a lively parade and a variety of fun activities.

Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a children’s pet show followed by a little cowboy/cowgirl contest at 8:30 a.m. The highlight of the event – the Pioneer Day parade – begins at 10 a.m. and enables visitors to step into history. This year’s theme, "The Great Depression of 1931, 85 years later," will include fascinating displays of antique tractors, vintage cars and horse-drawn wagons as well as marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, dancers, floats, and more.

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Following the parade, visitors can enjoy a delicious meal at the free bean feed along with a variety of activities like historical exhibits at the Carnegie Historic Library Museum, a concert at the City Park Gazebo and a horseshoe pitching contest.

The day will end with a celebratory barn dance – the perfect way to experience the warm community spirit of Paso Robles firsthand. Get your boots on and head to the Pioneer Park Tractor Barn at 2 p.m. to listen to live music by The Just Country Band and dance the afternoon away!

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About Paso Robles Pioneer Day: The first Pioneer Day was held on October 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 closed so that their employees could enjoy and participate in the activities and family reunions. There were to be no charges for any of the events, no commercial concessions and lunch would be provided at no cost.

It's Unique... THE WHOLE DAY IS FREE and entirely funded by the business people and dedicated citizens of our area who say: "Leave Your Pocketbook at Home."