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Atascadero turns 101 with colorful Colony Days festivities

The 41st Annual Colony Days parade and Tent City was held in Atascadero on Saturday. Catherine Noble, a resident of Creston, portrays Red Cross nurse 'Sara Belle.' In real life, Noble is a registered nurse and works with the American Red Cross.The artifacts on display behind her come from her own collection.
The 41st Annual Colony Days parade and Tent City was held in Atascadero on Saturday. Catherine Noble, a resident of Creston, portrays Red Cross nurse 'Sara Belle.' In real life, Noble is a registered nurse and works with the American Red Cross.The artifacts on display behind her come from her own collection. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

In celebration of its founding in 1913 by E.G. Lewis, Atascadero held its annual Colony Days festivities on Saturday, complete with period costumes and lots of family activities.

The celebration included a parade through downtown presided over by this year’s royal couple, a tent city historical re-enactment of life in 1916 Atascadero, a vintage car show, and an afternoon band competition at Atascadero High.

Colony Days has been an annual tradition since a group of volunteers decided in 1973 to organize a birthday celebration for the city’s founding. The Colony Days Committee has been at it each year ever since.

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