Atascadero preps for annual Colony Days celebration

Posted at 5:06 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 22:56:44-04

The City of Atascadero is getting ready to celebrate the 45th Annual Colony Days.

The event celebrates Atascadero’s beginnings with a festival and parade.

As part of the festival, the city recreates a tent city inspired by Atascadero’s founder, E.G. Lewis, who set up a tent city after inviting people to move to the town before any houses were built.

“I was coming down the elevator in the old city hall and as I walk out of the elevator, we used to have pictures on the wall depicting the original tent city and I said, ‘You know, this would be a great idea to create a recreation of that,'” said Mayor Tom O’Malley.

On Friday, Oct. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the tent city in the Sunken Gardens will host a concert along with a burger-eating contest, drinks, food, and more.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, the Colony Days Parade makes its way along El Camino Real starting at Davis Auto Body and ending at West Mall and Palma Ave. Events of the day also include wiener dog races, pie eating contests, live performances, and free tours of city hall. Click here for a full schedule of events.

A Colony Days crew sets up the Tent City at Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens. (KSBY photo)