Pinedorado’s a memory maker

ktanner@thetribunenews.comAugust 29, 2013 

The set-up crew — including from left, Greg Wilson, Art Chapman, Dave Evans, Ramon Reza, Richard Berry, Greg Bates and Joe Wood — rolls the Cambria Lions Club calliope out of the John Tays Pub building Monday.


Labor Day weekend in Cambria includes a free Pinedorado Parade down Main Street on Saturday, Follies musical performances Wednesday through Sunday evenings, a vintage car show Sunday, bingo all day all three days, at the Joslyn Center, a Nerf shooting gallery, bands and barbecue, games, little car-and-train rides and (of course) the calliope.

But most of all, Pinedorado is about memories: making them, recalling them and sharing them. It’s a festive reunion site for those who are visiting or are, have been or would like to be North Coast residents. The festival is a gathering of friends continuing conversations put on pause long ago.

Most of the 64th annual Pinedorado’s festivities are at or near the eponymous grounds adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

It takes lots of work year round by many people to mount that kind of multifaceted endeavor. On Monday, the tasks kicked into high gear, with crew members ranging from Lions Club members in their 90s to young fathers whose only connection to the service club was through Lions scholarships provided to their children.

In no time flat, guys did the heave-ho with awnings on poles, set up tables and benches, and began assembling the bright blue fishing booth. A team of musclemen rolled the parade’s trademark calliope out of its wintertime garage, known during Pinedorado time as the John Tays Pub. The chores continued the rest of the day and the week.

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The parade

Parade entrants are to strut, ride, wiggle, drive, march and walk down Main Street, starting at 9:30 a.m. Among this year’s entries are radio-station floats, four high school bands, athletes and cheerleaders, antique vehicles, Shriners and clowns, firefighters and other public servants, nonprofits, clubs and businesses, color guards, honor guards and more.

At 8:30 a.m., both ends of Main Street will close, along with parts of Eton Drive, Burton Drive and other roads, unless a driver has a parade or merchant pass. All traffic is stopped at 9 a.m.

Lions President Andy Zinn said, “A sheriff will divert people (from the south end of Main Street) onto Eton. We have signage diverting them on Burton near the nursery, back to Highway 1. If they proceed on Burton, we have a sheriff at Burton and Rodeo Grounds Road.  He’ll send them into the Rodeo Grounds unless they have a parade pass or merchant pass, beginning at 8:30 a.m.”

Parking is available off Cambria Drive and on Rodeo Grounds Road off Burton Drive. Zinn said the Cambria Community bus will shuttle folks to the Pinedorado grounds, and the Cambria Trolley is expected to run on its usual route Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but not while the parade is on.


The song-and-dance Follies revue, “Vacation: The Musical,” tracks three groups of Cambrians on out-of-town getaways and then back home.

A high-tech addition to this year’s Follies show is an LED curtain that allows for quick-change sets, providing a faster-paced show.

Zinn said, “The Follies is like going to Broadway and the movies, all in one spectacular show,” and the LED technology is “like the big screen at a stadium, tucked away in the vets hall.”

For more on the show written, directed and produced by former Disney producer Peggy Christianson, go to 2645396/cambria-follies-returns-with-new.html.

Tickets are $15 to $30 and can be bought at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St. Call 927-3624 for details on ticket availability.

Car show

Sunday’s car show surrounding the veterans hall and on Cambria Drive is to include more than 130 vehicles, with prizes awarded in 22 classes (and other awards, including a kids’ choice award). The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A wide variety of cars and bikes will be on display, according to Nate Fearonce, who began the show seven years ago and still chairs the event. He said this year’s vehicles include a 1925 Dodge Bros. ambulance, a restored 1928 Dodge Bros. police paddy wagon from Santa Barbara, an eclectic mix of other vehicles coming in from the Bay Area to San Diego County and maybe a couple of racing boats.

There’ll be entertainment, and exhibitors receive food and car-show swag.


The barbecued top-sirloin and chicken meals are a Pinedorado highlight, served starting at 10 a.m. each day. Corn on the cob, burgers, hot dogs, pie and other foods also are available, as are tap and local beers and select local wines.

New barbecue chairman Sharkey Warrick said the club’s starting stock will include more than a half-ton of Harris Ranch beef and hundreds of pounds of chicken, hot dogs and ground beef (shaped by hand into burgers).

After the meal, take a shot at the returning milk-bottle toss or the new Nerf shooting gallery, a Velcro dart game that’s been added to the lineup of booth amusements. A new community mural project allows residents and visitors each to paint a small portion of a piece of artwork that would be displayed the following year.

Monday music

Monday’s “locals concerts” at the grounds are to include performances by Coast Union High School grad Julian Temple from noon to 2 p.m. and Jill Knight of Cambria (and the Wise Owl) from 2 to 4 p.m.


More than 100 prizes are to be awarded, as always donated by ever-generous local area businesses, artists and individuals. Among the prizes are a 55-inch smart TV, a Kindle Fire HD and $250 in cash. Most are awarded hourly; grand prize winners are announced at
2 p.m. Monday. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

Proceeds from the raffle go to the Pinedorado Lions Foundation. Funds remaining after raffle expenses are paid are dedicated to charities, such as the Teen Center and the club’s annual scholarships for students.

Profits from other Pinedorado activities support Lions Club philanthropies and local nonprofit groups.

Other events

• A Saturday waffle breakfast (Joslyn Center, 950 Main St.), from 7 to
10 a.m., will provide sustenance for early birds staking out spots along the parade route.

• Saturday’s 22nd annual AFS-Pinedorado 5K Fun Run starts at Coast Union High School, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; race starts at 7:45 a.m. The entry fee of $20 includes a T-shirt (or $15 without a shirt). Funds benefit the school’s American Field Service by providing scholarships for local students who wish to study in another country and paying many school expenses for the exchange student studying here.

or details, call 927-4965, 995-1432 or 927-3889.

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