What is Pioneer Day?
Thanking the Community
Pioneer Day 2019 marks the 89th 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!