School parade, scavenger hunt, mail delivered by stagecoach and more
PASO ROBLES, CA – The Paso Robles 125th Anniversary Committee and the Paso Robles schools are teaming up to help the community celebrate the 125th anniversary date of the city’s incorporation with the “Happy Birthday Paso Robles” event in the downtown City Park today, Tuesday, March 11 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
The event will begin with a school parade around the park to the front of the Carnegie Library. The very last parade entry will be a stagecoach that will be delivering a letter postmarked March 11, 2014 to be deposited (along with a few other commemorative items) into a time capsule that will be set as part of the celebration. The stagecoach, provided by local favorite Harris Stage Lines, will trace a route from the San Miguel post office to the City Park and will be carrying both the Paso Robles and San Miguel postmasters, among others.
Once the parade has ended, there will be a brief program to commemorate the occasion, including raising the new city flag. Attendees will enjoy brief speeches from civic leaders followed by 1,000 cupcakes provided by the Paso Robles Culinary Academy and a commemorative Ginger Ale, produced especially for the 125th Anniversary by Paso Robles merchant Pithy Little Wine Company & Soda Works. A celebration photo of all participants is planned to commemorate the occasion.
There will also be railroad memorabilia on display for attendees to enjoy and learn about the early history of the area.
The 125th Anniversary Kids Historical Scavenger Hunt is being unveiled at the birthday party. Locals and visitors alike can pick up the map and follow clues through the downtown and answer historical questions for a chance to win prizes like Ravine Water Park passes, Mid-State Fair passes, movie tickets, and more. Forms will be available in the park during the Happy Birthday celebration, and available after that at the Visitor Center (1225 Park Street), the Paso Robles Historical Society (inside the Carnegie library in the park) and at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum (2010 Riverside). Prizes will be awarded three times in 2014.
The public is asked to be in the park by 3:30 to greet the parade entries. Street closures for the parade begin at 2 p.m. In planning your route to the event, please note that Spring Street between 10th and 12th; 11th Street between Spring and Pine; 12th Street between Spring and Pine; and Pine Street between 11th and 12th will be closed until 5 p.m.
About the 125th Anniversary: 2014 marks the 125th Anniversary of Paso Robles incorporating as a city, and the community has planned a year’s worth of events to celebrate the occasion, including a “Happy Birthday, Paso Robles” event on March 11, 2014; a newly imagined 4th of July celebration; an Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day in the park during Pioneer Day in 2014 and a fireworks finale on December 31, 2014, an Historic Women’s Day, a 12.5-mile Fun Run and much more. For a complete list of events celebrating the 125th anniversary throughout 2014, go to www.paso125.com.