Touted as the home of the “Greatest Little Small Town Parade,” Los Alamos continued its Old Days celebration Sunday with a procession featuring vintage farm equipment, veterans, local students and the hometown fire truck.
Los Alamos Old Days, held for 58 years, began Friday night and wrapped up Sunday with the 2019 event’s theme of “Celebrating Old Days, Blazing New Trails.”
On Sunday morning, the parade with 30 entries traveled along Bell Street between Augusta and St. Joseph streets in approximately 20 minutes.
Serving as grand marshals for 2019 Old Days were Sheila Glaser and John Traller.
Old Days also included a Peddlers’ Mart, Artisan Faire, food booths and bounce houses. On Saturday, the event hosted a car show while the weekend’s attractions also included cow pie and chicken poop bingo, plus the Stampede 5K run/walk on Sunday morning.
Shortly after the Santa Barbara County Fire Department engine rolled along the route as the final entry, the winners of the 2019 parade’s awards were revealed.
The Best Use of Theme Award went to the Olga Reed Elementary School Broncos, according to the decision by a panel of judges and revealed by parade announcer Kim Perron.
Other awards were:
» Best Military Entry — Central Coast Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 982
» Best Community Service — Lompoc Shrine Club
» Best Antique Vehicle — Garry Denny for his Model A coupe
» Best Float (Miscellaneous) — Orcutt Academy
» Best Equestrian — Santa Maria Elks Lodge
» Best Performance Group — Garcia Dance Studio
» Best Grammar School — Olga Reed Elementary School
» Best High-School Aged Entry — Righetti High SchoolFFA
» Best Restored Tractor — Walter Watte
» Best Contemporary Tractor — Martin McGuire
Los Alamos Old Days is organized by the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club, a nonprofit group of men, women and families dedicated to preserving the unique Western character and hospitality of the town of about 1,800 residents.
The club also provides scholarships and funding to local students and groups, and offers its Men’s Club facilities for event rental.
— Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.