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Pre-Pioneer Day Dinner and Dance set for Sept. 24

Modified: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016

PASO ROBLES — Join Roblans for a night of country swing and great food at the Paso Robles Pre-Pioneer Day Dinner and Dance Sept. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center.

For the past 86 years, Paso Robles has been celebrating Pioneer Day on a mission to preserve and share the rich history of the township that has been thriving for 126 years. Debbie Vandergon, Dinner and Dance events coordinator, said the whole point is to keep local history alive and for the community to come together and share the joy of life in Paso Robles.

“This is the event that the entire community comes out for,” she said. “Family and friends come together at this old-fashioned social event and it is just a lot of fun with a real hometown feel. Kids are more than welcome to attend and dance. Folks really enjoy the time to sit and visit with each other in this great atmosphere.”

Vandergon and her team of volunteers will deck the entire venue in yellow, gold, red, orange and burgundy in celebration of the “Harvest,” the theme of this year’s Pioneer Day. Harvest chandeliers will be hung with care and two rebuilt Studebaker flat-bed trucks will be decorated to look like they were out in the harvest 86 years ago — all to get everyone in the spirit.

“Bells will greet patrons in their crowns, and as folks walk through the doors, they will see all the silent auction items donated to the event this year that will get people bidding,” Vandergon said. “There will be a steak dinner with all the fixings, and Chris Bigford Band will play country swing. This will be his first year. We are very excited to see the community share in the fun and support Pioneer Days to come.”

This event is likened to a community family reunion that boasts live music, a live and silent auction, casino night, wine, beer and cocktails served for a fee with a= great steak dinner, all for $50 per person. Proceeds from the dance help to pay for Pioneer Day and all the Pioneer Day events as well as to maintain and restore tractors, wagons and other equipment that belong to the community.

Entry is free after 9 p.m. for those that want to dance instead of dine. Tickets will be available at the door, at the Paso Robles Main Street, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Supply store prior to the event.

For the complete article see the 09-23-2016 issue.

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