By all measures, Paso Pops 2017 sponsored by the Paderewski Festival and held on July 1 at the Paso Robles Horse Park was a huge success and an annual event positioned to become the county’s new Independence Day celebration tradition of choice. A big draw for Central Coast residents, Paso Pops’ 4,000 attendees included those from 51 California ZIP codes, nine states and two Canadian provinces.
Issues that arose at last year’s inaugural event were addressed and solved: from well-managed traffic patterns both to and after the event, to easy parking, authorized picnics, adequate food trucks, ample and speedy local wine and Firestone Walker beer purchases, and an increased number of jumbo screens and speakers.
The San Luis Obispo Symphony and Chris Woodruff put on a terrific patriotic “Pops” program. Paso Wine Man and Emcee Casey Biggs made a stirring entrance to “God Bless America.” The Swing Dolls’ WWII era songs were a crowd-pleaser. The lavish fireworks display provided a stunning event finale.
A sincere thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, dedicated organizing committee, and many community sponsors who made Paso Pops a success.
In 2018, the event will be held on July 4, so mark your calendars now! Check www.pasopops.org for details to come.
Steve Cass, Paso Pops Chair