Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and parade entries who made the 2015 Colony Days a great event!


2015 Colony Days parade category winners

Sweepstakes: Friends of the Library

Best Use of the Theme: Community Church of Atascadero

Non-commercial Float:
1. Escuela Del Rio
2. Quota Club
3. Atascadero United Methodist

Marching Group
1. Atascadero Elks Club
2. North County Color Guard
3. Tie: Main St. Dance Academy & NCASARP “Bulldogs”

Vintage Military
1. Estrella Warbird Museum


Motorized Specialty
1. Elks Lodge Joe’s Little Train
2. ’29 Model A
3. Atascadero Police Department ’55 Chevy

Animal Drawn
1. Pet Partners

Motorized 1960 or later
1. AYSO Pink Panthers

Mounted Group
1. SLO Sheriff’s Posse
2. Magic in the Air (Unicorns)
3. Creston Rodeo Queen


Motorized ’34 to ’59
1. ’45 Willy’s Jeep & ’42 Bantom Trailer
2. ’53 Buick Roadmaster

Commercial Float
1. La Rosa Automotive
2. S6 Martial Arts
3. Peterson U-Cart

Motorized Pre-1934
2. ’30 Model A

Marching Bands (non-Colony Band Festival)
1. Atascadero Junior High School
2. Paulding Middle School








2015 Colony Days Grand Marshal

Barbie Butz

2015 Colony Days Royalty

Bob and Wilma Sparling

2015 Colony Days Parade lineup

Lineup is tentative, pending late entries and cancellations

  1. Atascadero Junior High School Marching Band
  2. North County Color Guard
  3. Atascadero Police Department
  4. Atascadero Fire Department
  5. City of Atascadero
  6. Royalty — Bob and Wilma Sparling
  7. Grand Marshal — Barbie Butz
  8. Atascadero State Hospital Fire Department
  9. Atascadero High School Greyhounds Marching Band
  10. Parade Flag Sponsors
  11. The Learning Tree
  12. Creston Swing Dancers
  13. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Posse
  14. Colony Days Tent City
  15. Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733
  16. Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733
  17. Parents For Joy
  18. Atascadero Education Foundation/ Greybots
  19. Debbie Arnold
  20. Escuela del Rio
  1. Atascadero Fine Arts Academy- Drums
  2. ASB (Atascadero High School Leadership)
  3. Atascadero United Methodist Church
  4. Atascadero Fine Arts Academy Dancers
  5. Peterson U-Cart
  6. Salud Carbajal for Congress
  7. Templeton H.S. Band (Talon Drums & Brass Corps)
  8. Community Church of Atascadero
  9. Monterey Road Elementary School
  10. Quota International of Atascadero
  11. San Luis Obispo High School Marching Band
  12. California Nurses Association
  13. Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of the Central Coast, One Cool Earth, San Benito Road Elementary School
  14. Coast Union High School Band
  15. North County Humane Society
  16. Motions Academy of Dance
  17. Eric Michielssen for Supervisor
  18. Righetti Warrior Marching Band
  19. Atascadero Optimist Club
  20. Main Street Dance Company
  1. Pet Partners
  2. Atascadero Masonic Lodge
  3. RISE
  4. Dixie Dominus Traditional Jazz Band
  5. NCASARP – call us the “BULLDOGS”
  6. Megan Jones
  7. Creston Rodeo Queen Dalanie Villa
  8. Estrella Warbirds
  9. S6 Martial Arts
  10. Arroyo Grande High School Band and Color Guard
  11. Friends of the Atascadero Lake
  12. Northern Energy
  13. AHS- Drama Dept
  14. AYSO U10 soccer
  15. Paso Robles High School Marching Band
  16. Girl Scouts of Cuesta Del Norte
  17. Majic is in the Air
  18. Ostrander for Congress
  19. Friends of the Atascadero Library
  20. AAUW
  21. American Heritage Girls
  22. Paulding Middle School “Marching Patriots” Band and Color Guard
  23. Atascadero Kiwanis and Colony Days volunteers

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

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.

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. Colony Days “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 of the birth of Atascadero — in which the Heilmanns brought hundreds of sheep from their ranch across the Salinas River and were herded north through town to open the 50th anniversary parade. Will and Mabel Grace Lewis, niece and nephew of E. G. And Mrs. Lewis were honored guests in the parade..
  • Maggie Vandergon spearheaded the celebration efforts, and has been a guiding light during the 2015 planning and execution process.
  • 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.”
  • As robust as Colony Days has become in more than 40 years, it is not a City-run or City-financed event — but true to the 2015 theme “Volunteers on Parade,” has been run by a small, committed group of volunteers, and still is to this day.

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2015 Colony Days Grand Marshal

Barbie Butz

Photo courtesy Atascadero News

Volunteers on Parade

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