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Bubblegum Alley, Paso Robles part of April Fools’ Day pranks

Posted at 4:22 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 22:05:52-04

Local radio shows and law enforcement agencies were among those getting in on April Fools’ pranks Monday.

People were calling into “Up & Adam in The Morning” on Coast 104.5 in the morning reporting crews were out power washing Bubblegum Alley, a popular tourist attraction in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Hosts Adam Montiel and Coral Brooks even played it up so it appeared San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon was commenting on the issue.

Brooks reportedly headed down herself, calling in saying, “I never thought in my lifetime I would see it look like this.”

Another caller said, “It’s weird! It’s like 20 years of memories washing down the sidewalk.”

While some questioned whether the hot topic was a prank, many people suspected it.

Country station 98.1 KJUG posted on Instagram early in the day that the City of Paso Robles would be changing its name to Paso Valley “in an attempt to follow Napa Valley.” The post asked the question “Hot or not?”

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The City of Paso Robles, in an attempt to follow Napa Valley, officially changes its name to Paso Valley. Hot or not?

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While a few of the comments responded with “lame,” the majority were people saying it was part of an April 1 joke.

In Santa Barbara, the California Highway Patrol wanted to let drivers know there would be “NO TICKETS TODAY!!!”

A few bullet points down on the Facebook post, readers realized they’d been fooled.

Posted by CHP – Santa Barbara on Monday, April 1, 2019

Other pranks included a special donut posted inSLODOCO’s Instagram stories and a “milkshake IPA” also posted on Instagram by SLO Brew.

San Luis Obispo’s resident prankster and magician, Rich Ferguson, even made an appearance on The Today Show on Monday morning, giving the hosts a bit of a scare. Click here to watch the full segment.

While April Fools’ Day has been celebrated for centuries, its exact origin is unknown.