Colony Days combines history, fun and community

October 19, 2015 - garden totes


The thesis of a Colony Days jubilee in Atascadero this year was “‘Volunteers on Parade.” Photos by Jackie Iddings.

–The 42nd Annual Atascadero Colony Days started with a sharp-witted march and internal high propagandize and youth high marching bands environment a pace. Parade Marshall, Barbie Butz said, “This year’s theme, ‘Volunteers on Parade,’ is only a right theme. Our community’s volunteers are so good represented and that’s what it’s all about, volunteerism.”

Adding appetite to a march were a twirling and leaping ballet unit from Atascadero Fine Arts Academy, a Creston Swing Dancers, members of a Monterey Road Elementary School organisation violation ranks to high-five spectators, and a Quota International Singing Hands Choir. The internal Quota International was franchised in 1974 and a projects embody assistance for deaf and tough of hearing.

Dancers from a Atascadero Fine Arts Academy.

Dancers from a Atascadero Fine Arts Academy.

One march participant, Lexi Suval, a member of a Atascadero High School Show Choir, wrapped adult her final Colony Days march this year. A senior, she’s been a member of a uncover choir given she was a freshman. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’m going to skip a village performances,” pronounced Suval. Next year she is off to investigate English Literature during a college nearby San Diego. The uncover choir is a march that teaches high propagandize singer/performers modernized skills in outspoken techniques, song skills, and choreography. Students also attend in extra-curricular performances.


The Atascadero High School Greybots robotics group gave demonstrations of their drudge Sandstorm.

As a march ended, participants began connecting with a open to suffer a events and exhibits of a day. One of those march groups was a Atascadero High School Greybots robotic group putting their drudge Sandstorm by a paces. Greybots spokesman, Bryce Nelson, pronounced they built a endowment winning Sandstorm in about 6 weeks, infrequently operative 7 days a week. They won a L.A. Regional foe and placed seventh in a new National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The plea for 2015 robotic competitions was to build a drudge that could smoke-stack totes for recycling.

On one finish of a Sunken Gardens children lined adult for rebound residence fun and a few even braved a bungee cord experience. Strapped safely in a strap trustworthy to a automatic arm, a supplement is carried into a air, afterwards expelled to rebound adult and down from heavy-duty bungee cords. At a other finish of a garden, families were nearing to enter their weenie dogs in a Weiner Dog Races and dress contest. The races are open to weiner dogs and weiner dog wannabes. The dress competition is open to all dogs.Bungee

This year a 8th Annual Dogtoberfest teamed adult with a Atascadero Colony Days jubilee to put on a races and dress contest. In past years a Dogtoberfest was hold during a Atascadero Lake Park. The Annual Dogfest is sponsored by a Heilmann Dog Park.

Joes Little Train

Joe’s Little Train, operated by a Atascadero Elks, took children on a brief and circuitous sight float along Palm Avenue and West Mall.

Ariel, a six-month aged terrier mix, was being sealed adult for both a races and a dress contest. “She can be a leopard,” pronounced her owner, Alyssa Taylor, referring to Ariel’s costume. “We’ve had her 4 months. We adopted her from a preserve in Fresno.” When asked if Ariel was quick racer, Taylor said, “I consider so.”

Joe’s Little Train, operated by a Atascadero Elks, took children on a brief and circuitous sight float along Palm Avenue and West Mall. Donations for sight rides assistance account a California and Hawaii Elks projects for infirm children.

Blacksmiths give demonstrations in Tent City.

Blacksmiths give demonstrations in Tent City.

No one can spend any time during a Colony Days jubilee and skip a revisit to Tent City. Atascadero Colony Days’ Tent City is a reenactment of a strange 1913 Atascadero tent community. Volunteer actors and exhibitors representing early merchants and residents dress in costumes of a time.

Atascadero residents Abe and Margo Barakat were visiting Tent City to spend time with their grandson, Benjamin Barakat, who was a Tent City paperboy. Several paperboys and papergirls, all dressed for a early 1900s, were bustling via Tent City and a Sunken Gardens offered copies of “Colony Days Special Edition” for 10 cents. “This is a initial year during Colony Days. We are unequivocally tender with how a story of a city is celebrated,” pronounced Abe Barakat. The Barakats late to Atascadero 3 years ago and both state they are adding Colony Days to their list of events to attend from now on.

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Jackie Iddings is a contributing contributor and photographer for a Paso Robles Daily News.

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