what's new? 2016 Events

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Saturday, June 4th

Partnering as a fundraiser for the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee, Firestone Walker will put on the second annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest on June 4th. The Beer Fest will feature the very best breweries in the world paired with some of the best restaurants in California, right in the heart of wine country.

The event will take place in Frontier Town at the Paso Robles Event Center. Click the more button for ticket purchase information.


Best of the West

2nd Annual Best of the West
May 27-29, 2016

Click here to learn more!


Pioneer Royalty Dinner
August 14, 2016 
Join us for an elegant Pioneer Day Royalty Dinner to be held at the Historic Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. The Pioneer Day Committee will present the Marshal, Queen, Belle and their attendants for the 2016 Parade. The dinner will take place on Sunday, August 14th, from 5 pm - 8:30 pm.

To purchase tickets contact Shauna Davis via phone at 805-687-9934, or print out and mail in the reservation form from the links below.

The deadline to purchase tickets is August 5th.

Click here to view a flier with more information about the event including a detailed menu.

Click here to download and print a reservation form.

Pre-Pioneer Day Dinner & Dance
September 24, 2016   6:00 p.m.

Proceeds from the dance help to pay for Pioneer Day and all of the Pioneer Day events, plus to maintain and restore the fine tractors, wagons and other equipment that belong to your Community.

Just Country will be performing. Tickets are: $45 per person for the Dinner & Dance, entry is free after 9 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door, at the Paso Robles Main Street, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and Farm Supply. Live Music, Silent Auction, Casino night, Wine, Beer, and cocktails served for a fee and a great BBQ dinner. Don't miss this great event. Come have fun and support Pioneer Day. Click here to view the event flier.

Paso Robles Alumni Potluck Dinner
October 7, 2016 

The annual Paso Robles Alumni Potluck dinner will be held on October 7th, at 5pm. It will take place at the Grange Hall on Creston Road.


Pioneer Day - a full day of activities!
October 8th

Bring the entire familiy and enjoy viewing running antique tractors, horse-drawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, dancers, floats, fire engines, vintage cars and more. You will see it all at the 2016 Pioneer Day Parade.

And the best part? It's FREE!

In addition to the parade there are numerous family oriented events taking place throughout the day. For a detailed timeline, click the more button below.



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Did you know that nearly 500 volunteers are involved to ensure a safe and smooth operation of the Parade, Tractor, Wagon, Gymkhana, Park and Pioneer Museum activities related to Pioneer Day every year?  We could use your help. Contact Mark Perry at 431-2891 to find out how you can get involved.

The Smooth Puss badge has been a long Pioneer Day tradition. The income from the sale of badges has helped to support Pioneer Day activities for many, many years.

In the early days most of the area's farmers, cowboys and ranchers wore beards. In contrast the merchants in town were generally clean shaven. The merchants chose to let their facial hair grow during the month before Pioneer Day as a token of respect, and to show camaraderie with the farmers and ranchers. If for some reason those watching along the parade route chose not to participate, they could purchase a "Smooth Puss" badge and be exempt from the penalties.

During the day of the parade a wagon known as the "Hoosegow" would wander the parade route searching for men who were clean shaven and were not wearing a "Smooth Puss" badge. If caught, you would be immediately locked up in the "Hoosegow", paraded around the route, and after the parade taken to the City Park and dunked in a horse trough.

Today this tradition still exists, less the dunking in the horse trough; but one still could be locked up in the "Hoosegow" and paraded around for having a "Smooth Puss" and not wearing a badge.

Today the Pioneer Day Committee has badges for both men and women. The price for the badge has remained the same for nearly 30 years, and is still only $1. Smooth Puss badges can be purchased along the parade route, from Pioneer Day Committee Members, and from the Paso Robles Main Street Office at 835 12th Street "D" on "Norma's Way" (behind the building).

Smooth Puss Badge