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Excerpt from the Sunday Review, Sunday, October 16, 1944

Sweepstakes Award (Best Float in Parade). St. James Episcopal Church.

Sweepstakes Award (Best Window display). A. Nye Thurlby’s exhibit in Western Auto Store, 1420 Park Street.

Community Float: (1) Carrisa Plains. (2) San Luis Obispo Historical Society. (3) Shandon Guild.

School Float: (1) Cholame. (2) Templeton High. (3) Paso Robles High.

Church Float: (1) Mission San Miguel. (2) First Baptist Church.

Club Float: (1) Do-Paso Square Dancers. (2) San Luis Obispo Riding and Roping Club.

Youth Activity Float: (1) Rainbow Girls. (2) Creston 4-H. (3) Cub Pack 65 (Pre-Pioneers).

Horsedrawn Equipment: (1) Covered Wagon driven by Caryol Stockdale. (2) Stagecoach driven by Frank Rougeot.

Team Buggy: (1) Stanley Phillips. (2) E.R. Griswold.

One-Horse Buggy: (1) Edith Kleck. (2) Carl Anderson.

Old Farm Machines: (1) Floyd and Less Patterson’s “340.” (2) T. Dusi’s “Johnson.”

Horseless Carriages: (1) Albert Saurets Maxwell roadster. (2) Leo Teves’ 1915 Ford. (3) Wayne Martins’ Locomobile.

Pioneer Costumed Man on Horseback (1) Richard Araujo. (2) Slim Spencer. (3) Al Chacon.

Pioneer Costumed Lady on Horseback: (1) Mrs A.C. Bresy. (2) Birma Still MacLeah.

Mounted Group: (1) San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Posse. (2) Kern Cunty Sheriff’s Posse. (3) Caballeros de Los Paso Robles.

Marching Section: (1) Paso Robles Boys’ School. (2) VFW Auxiliary. (3) Bluebirds.

Adult Cowboy: (1) George Goodale. (2) Ray Healy, (3) Marion White.

Adult Cowgirl: (1) Sylvia Harlan. (2) Charlotte Roe, (3) Dixie Bedell.

Junior Cowboy: (1) Greg Rambo. (2) Ricky Rossi.

Junior Cowgirl: (1) Nancy Netto. (2) Georgia Collins. (3) Kay Peterson.

Family Group: Taylor Family.

Special awards were presented to the Presidians, Quota Club, DeMolay, Charles Cole (motorcycle), Bill Houston, Cub Pack 66, and the California State Nurses’ Association.

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