The Colony Days Committee has announced the theme and date for the 2018 event. The theme of this year’s parade will be Mudhole Follies, bringing some fun to the event. Mudhole Follies was a stage show that took place during Colony Days in the 1970s and‘80s. It was a fun event that included well-known community leaders.

“We want to have fun. Follies is about silly, being foolish and we want to do that on as large scale as possible, but also being responsible,” Colony Days Committee Vice President Nic Mattson said. “The purpose of Colony Days is to bring the community together and celebrate each other and Atascadero. This year we want to do this with the spirit of silliness and fun.”

Some ideas for parade entries include:

  • Dressing up in silly costumes
  • Playing unusual instruments, such as a pots and pans band, a kazoo band, recorder
    band, keytar band
  • Lots of balloons
  • Silly dancing and entertainment
  • Creative floats
  • Dress up as a prominent community leader, both past and present
  • Juggling, circus-related fun

The 45th annual event put on by volunteer community members will move to the first Saturday of October this year, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 6.

“We moved Colony Days forward to the first weekend in October in an attempt to avoid poor weather conditions,” Colony Days Committee Chairwoman Karen McNamara said. “The past two years have brought rain during Colony Days, which makes it unpleasant for everyone who attends and brings great challenges to all the vendors and participants.”

This past year marked the first year that the Tent City re-enactment was held in Sunken Gardens. It was brought out of its usual location because of construction underway during the event for the pedestrian bridge. Tent City was successful in Sunken Gardens and will be held there again in 2018.

“[This year’s] event in the Sunken Gardens was an experiment that yielded a lot of great pluses,” Tent City organizer Dianne Greenaway said. “[Tent City] became the visual core of the Sunken Gardens celebration, making us easy to find, the ‘city square’ lent itself to a lovely feeling of community for our little Tent City, lending it to just hanging out. We had the vibrant energy of our local dance school adding in as newsies as well as performing from the Newsies musical.”

The committee has begun working on the 2018 event and all those in the community are invited to help plan and execute the community event. Those who would like to be involved in the committee and in other ways, sign up for our volunteer email list, which can be found on the event’s website,

Business and community sponsors are needed to make this event possible. To find out more about being a sponsor, go to the website or email

“It’s time for a new generation to rise up and join us in the delivery of our past history to our modern visitors,” Greenaway said. “We welcome assistance with costuming, setup, repairs, and organization of educational and social events for our players, plus enriching the experience for our exhibitors with support throughout the year.”

There are a variety of different needs the committee has for putting on the event, to find out how to get involved, CLICK HERE.