What is Pioneer Day?
Pioneer Day 2016 marks the 86th anniversary of our Community's greatest celebration. Many places have a day with a parade and some type of festivities centered upon a local crop, product or historical event. Our Pioneer Day is unique in both why it occurs and the way it occurs. It should also be noted that while many other communities have unfortunately seen their local events grossly commercialized, or sadly discontinued; ours continues to occur almost as it was originally intended.
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" Come, celebrate in friendship!
See you on October 8th!
Pioneer Day CommitteeThe faces behind the scenes
that make it all happen
The parade and related festivities wouldn't take place without our dedicated board of directors and Pioneer Day Committee officers.
Chairman: Tom Madden
Vice-Chairman: Paul Viborg
Recording Secretary: Shan Tucker McCornack
Corresponding Secretary: Bert Parker
Treasurer: Margaret Wicks
Publicity Director: Brenda Clouston
Immediate Past Chairman: Mark Perry
Past Chairman: Harry Ovitt
Past Chairman: Wade Taylor
Past Chairman: Tom Flynn
Past Chairman: Bob Tullock
Past Chairman: Norma Moye
Past Chairman: Maggie Vandergon
Click the photo to view a complete listing of all of our 2016 supporters and sponsors
2015 Beerfest sponsors
thank You to:
Volunteers from the Paso Robles Lions Club start cooking beans at 6 a.m. in 12 kettles; six 100-gallon kettles and six 53-gallon kettles that were taken from a whaling ship. The recipe includes roughly 1,200 pounds of beans, 500 pounds of beef, 100 pounds of bell peppers, a pinch of seasoning (35 pounds) - a dash of salt (40 pounds) - and a lot of water!
The above before and after photos show a farm wagon restoration project completed by the Central Coast Woodworkers Association. This project was headed up by Jerry Sprouse and Keith Williams in conjunction with the Pioneer Day Committee and the Pioneer Museum. What a masterful job!