2015 Colony Days — Volunteers on Parade

Join us for the annual celebration of Atascadero history, culture, and of course, the people.

CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Barbie Butz — our 2015 Colony Days “Volunteers on Parade” Grand Marshal.

2015 Colony Days — Volunteers on Parade is coming!








The 2015 Colony Days theme is “Volunteers on Parade,” and we are celebrating the driving force behind many of the events and organizations around Atascadero.

Just like Colony Days, which has been volunteer driven since 1973, many establishments thrive on the hard work that is done behind the scenes by those who give their precious time to specific causes.

Volunteers on Parade celebrates all the hard work that volunteers give to make Atascadero a wonderful place to live, work, and play — it is the best way we know how to say “thank you.”

From there to here.

The Journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. The Colony Days parade celebration took its first steps down El Camino Real in 1974, and thus began a long-standing tradition that continues to evolve in celebration of Atascadero’s history and culture.

Fun Facts:

  • Colony Days is one of the longest-running committees in Atascadero history.
  • The first celebration, in 1973, Colony Days did not include a parade.
  • The first formal celebration of the city’s founding was held in 1963, on the 50th anniversary.
  • Maggie Vandergon spearheaded the celebration efforts.
  • Colony Days is always held on the third Saturday in October — mark your calendars.
  • The first king and queen of Colony Days were Dave Cowan and Ida Moore.
  • Dave Cowan is credited for the name “Colony Days.”


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2015 Colony Days Grand Marshal

Barbie Butz

Photo courtesy Atascadero News

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