The Lions Club’s 66th three-day Pinedorado celebration in Cambria was a sweet treat for many, from marching members of the Grizzly Academy who took home the parade sweepstakes award to car lovers who drooled over 170 cherished cars on display at Sunday’s show.
Gross festival sales topped $100,000 for the first time ever, and 1,100 people took in standing-room-only performances of the Follies. Then there were those charming little vignettes, such as sparkle-eyed children riding the 60-year-old kiddie rides and animated CUHS Boosters float riders reaching for the stars to grab some wrapped Red Moose Cookies being launched in their direction from the hillside above.
Balloon arches across Main Street (suggested by young Cori Zinn and donated by Scott and Susan Stern of Among Friends) made their debut, as did premiere performances by the Zoo to You animal ambassadors.
The Bud Goff Food Court sold out of 800 burgers, more than 100 Linn’s pies, 400 cookies from Centrally Grown and 450 snow cones, to name just a few of the edibles offered. The Pub sold 14 kegs of beer.
“Lions Club members put in thousands of hours again this year to make it all happen,” said club President Andy Zinn, who added that “new generations of Cambrians” are “asking to help in any way possible. They want to keep alive the tradition” the club began in 1949.
The Lions expect to donate $15,000 to the groups that volunteered, he said, part of the $40,000 expected to be given back to the community as a whole this year.
About 8,000 raffle tickets were sold, and 179 prizes were donated by local businesses. Longtime Cambrian Dave Gerber won the grand prize Disney vacation (after buying 100 tickets). Gerber said he first saw the parade in 1964 and remembers the calliope from then. “Today he services it,” Zinn said of the historic parade starter.
Among other parade winners were First Baptist Church, the Boosters, Templeton High School band, Slabtown Rollers bicycle club, Linn’s, Ralph Covell and his Clydesdales, and junior equestrian Tara Covell.
There were 24 classes of cars in the Sunday show, and 57 awards were given to entrants who came from as far away as Palm Desert. Entries included a $1 million 1970 Plymouth Superbird, 2014 Tesla sedan, 1928 Dodge paddy wagon and three World War II-era motorcycles.
Best of Show and Best Interior awards went to a 1940 Buick sedan belonging to Jerry Rava of Paso Robles. People’s Choice prize went to Donnie Rowe of Wasco for his 1965 Ford Galaxie.
The Foppiano Brothers and Julian Temple bands rocked out at the John Tays Power House Pub on the “Monday Locals Live Music Day” afternoon.
While some businesses in town reported brisk sales during the Labor Day weekend, others (including some in East Village) said commerce was a little slow.
Maybe that’s because when people weren’t at the family-friendly Pinedorado, shopping or dining out, chances are good they were at the sun-drenched shore, getting rare (and sometimes up-close) glimpses of many feasting humpback whales, dolphins and other marine creatures and seabirds.