Pioneer Day 2013 in Paso Robles

800px-pioneerday_2009The 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.

pioneer day paso robles_faye bakerThe Pioneer Day Parade starts promptly at 10 am on Saturday, October 12th in downtown Paso Robles. The parade route starts at 17th and Spring Street and ends surrounding the Paso Robles City Park.

It is fun for the entire family. Bring your favorite lawn chairs, hats and sunscreen and plan on a memorable experience.

pioneer day3You can expect to see 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. Oh – and did we mention tractors?!?

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!


October 12th, 2013

7:00 am – Bean Feed Preparation
Paso Robles City Park

7:30 am – Antique Classic Car Judging 

King Oil Tools
2235 Spring Street (old Reneau lot)

8:00 am – Children’s Pet Show
12 years and under
Paso Robles City Park Gazebo

8:30 am – Little Cowboy / Cowgirl Contest
Paso Robles City Park Gazebo

10 :00 am – Pioneer Day Parade
Starts at 17th & Spring Street, continues around City Park

Here’s a video from the 2013 Pioneer Day Parade!

12 Noon – Free Bean Feed
Paso Robles City Park

12 Noon – Carnegie Library & Historical Museum Opens
City Park

1:00 pm – Horseshoe Pitching Contest
Paso Robles City Park

1:00 pm – Band Concert
Paso Robles City Park

1:00 pm – Pioneer Museum Opens
2010 Riverside
(Next to Paso Robles Event Center)

1:00 pm – Old Gas Engine Show
Pioneer Park

(Next to Pioneer Museum)

1:00 pm – Wagon, Tractor & Steam Engine Display
Dutch Oven Cookin’
Mule Packing Demonstration
at the Pioneer Museum
2010 Riverside
(Next to Paso Robles Event Center)



1889-Style Prices Every Friday in Honor of the 125th Anniversary

In celebration of Paso Robles’ Quasquicentennial celebration, The Academy Café at the Paso Robles Culinary Arts Academy is featuring, for your historical enjoyment, items that represent Paso Robles’ past.

Breakfast and Lunch items are available each Friday beginning on October 11, 2013 and continuing through the end of 2014.

Enjoy these 1889-style prices!

Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ .05

Breakfast – A rasher of bacon or ham and
eggs with home fried potatoes and

toast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00
Sour Dough Flap Jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00
Paso Steer Steak – Smothered in onions
and served with vegetables . . . . . . $3.50
Fried Chicken – Served with potatoes
And vegetables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.50

About The Academy Cafe
culinaryarts-academyOur Culinary Arts Program was established in 1998 to fulfill the rapid growth and demands of the food service industry. Here at the Paso Robles Culinary Arts Academy, our program trains and prepares junior and senior high school students for entry into this exciting career.

SchoolCenter PictureWhat makes this learning and production education unique is that it offers students an opportunity to work and operate in an actual restaurant, which prepares them for an easy transition into actual employment in area restaurants. This experience increases their value to their future employers as well as they learn a wide variety of skills from table service, catering, breakfast, lunch, dinner, menu production, and a wide variety of baking and costing procedures.

This vocational course was designed in conjunction with what is actually required by chefs and restaurateurs for employment in their businesses.

Your patronage at the Academy Cafe becomes an important part of the students’ education and future.

For more information on the Paso Robles Culinary Academy, click here. 

Paso Robles Prepares to Party Like It’s 1889

A lot can happen in 125 years. For most towns the size of Paso Robles that means growth, and most of all, change. One of the most remarkable things that has come out of reflecting on the past 125 years is the realization that many of the values that Paso held in 1889 haven’t changed a bit. Our community pride, warm hospitality and indomitable pioneer spirit are indeed alive, well and thriving in Paso Robles today, not to mention our penchant for throwing amazing parties.


Paso Robles 4th of July Celebration circa 1900

As 2014 approaches, event co-chairs and local luminaries Dee Lacey and Frank Mecham are heading up preparations to allow the entire community to celebrate Paso Robles turning 125 years old with its traditional values and can-do attitude intact. A number of events are planned to bring this special community together and celebrate the past, present and future of Paso Robles. Notable fundraisers include the sale of commemorative merchandise as well as a Paso Robles cookbook and historic calendar.  Local schools will be participating at every level, incorporating Paso Robles history in their 2014 curriculum, performing at events and creating special projects.

When Drury James and the Blackburn Brothers elected to incorporate Paso Robles as a city in 1889, community pride, hospitality and the pioneer spirit was clearly evident in the considerable amount of infrastructure in place for such a small town (only 523 residents in 100 buildings). Resident and visitor services at the time included a train depot, daily stagecoach schedule, a bank, church and doctor’s office, a newspaper and a schoolhouse. There was also a City Park (still in use in its original location today although no longer ringed with cacti), one winery, numerous hotels, restaurants, saloons, bath houses and hot springs resorts. Most remarkably, the town founders elected to install street car lines to bring guests of the hot springs from the train station to their hotel and on to the hot sulfur baths.  By 1900 Paso Robles would boast, among other things – a library, opera house, fire station, approximately 1,000 residents and a quality of life that benefited both residents and visitors, laying the groundwork for a bright future for this hard-working and tight-knit community.

If there is one thing that has been proven in Paso Robles over the past 125 years, we know how to throw a party. The 125th Anniversary celebrations will involve the entire community in a slate of events that will both honor our history and entertain attendees in a unique way, starting this New Year’s Eve, where for the first time ever fireworks will be launched over the downtown City Park at midnight to ring in 2014 in a spectacular way. The entire community is invited to attend this free and “glowing” event.

Community supporters are encourage to attended the New Year’s Eve Gala Fundraising Dinner that evening in the Paso Robles Inn Grand Ballroom, a black tie 5-course dinner with ambiance, décor and entertainment designed to celebrate this historic milestone to the fullest. A select number of exclusive live auction lots will keep the fundraising quick and fun.

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Additional (and free!) events include the Happy Birthday Paso Robles event on March 11, 2014 in the City Park; an enhanced 4th of July celebration with 125th Anniversary elements added; an Old Fashioned Family Fun Day in the park during Pioneer Day; and a fireworks finale over City Park on New Year’s Eve 2014.

And of course, in Paso Robles a party is even better for a good cause. The 125th Anniversary celebrations are more than just a way to celebrate a grand occasion, this is also an opportunity for the community to support three organizations whose missions are to preserve, protect and celebrate Paso Robles’ history all year, every year: proceeds from the 125th Anniversary will benefit the el Paso de Robles Historical Society, the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum and Paso Robles Pioneer Day.

So, come and join in the fun. For more information on the history of Paso Robles, the 125th Anniversary events, cookbook, calendar, merchandise, beneficiaries and sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, go to

Let’s get ready to party like it’s 1889!