Atascadero Colony Days Tent City paired with Dogtoberfest 2018 in the Sunken Gardens, Oct. 6, with most guests arriving at the conclusion of the Colony Days Parade at City Hall.
While several events were held in conjunction with the official Tent City re-enactment of the town’s origins circa 1914-1916, the actors have been readying themselves for months to be true to the era inside the canvas borders.
Through the years the event has grown to what organizers describe as a, “teeming little community that includes the Land Office, Ice Cream Parlor, a working Blacksmith, John J. Roth (architect), Atascadero Mutual Water Company (first business in Atascadero), Agriculture/Apples, Mercantile, Atascadero News outlet, Diner, Red Cross, Barbershop, and Federated church (heart of service for the community).”
Of particular interest to visitors, the land office, staffed by modern-day realtors gave an idea of how the community grew up from its founding, blacksmiths demonstrated metal working of the era, and of course chocolate and vanilla ice cream made a vintage treat; one which Colony Days Grand Marshal Bob Brown was spotted enjoying in full top hat and coat tails after the morning’s parade.
The City of Atascadero also took a advantage of the crowds admiring the City’s past to hold a workshop gathering feedback on future possibilities for development along El Camino Real, a preliminary step in a process that will take staff several months.