Atascadero’s beginnings were on display Saturday at the 38th annual Colony Days celebration.
The event, shown at top, included a pie-eating contest, a downtown parade and additional historical reenactments at Sunken Gardens.
There, Atascadero’s “tent city” was erected to show how its first residents lived while the Colony of Atascadero was being built by E.G. Lewis in 1913. Actors dressed in costumes from the era and operated various stations such as an ice cream parlor during the event.
The Colony Days event was created in 1973 by Maggie Rice to commemorate the founding of the colony.
Starting Friday, Pismo Beach celebrated its Clam Festival, above and right, which began in 1946 as the Winter Carnival, held to honor the new year. This year’s event recalls that first celebration of 65 years ago with its Clam to the Past theme.
The Clam Festival continues today with a children’s clam dig, live music and surfing lessons. Call 773-4382 or visit www.pismobeachclamfestival.com for information.