On a September weekend in 1980, San Carlos residents were heading to Burton Park for the inaugural Hometown Days. Saturday, September 27th started with rain in the morning, but the sun appeared in the afternoon and so did hundreds of people. At the end of the day on Sunday, September 28th, the San Carlos Hometown Days was deemed an overwhelming success. The event was first conceptualized by Mayor Pat Bennie in 1979, and has been going on since as the “Greatest Parade in San Carlos”.

Throughout the first 39 years of Hometown Days, the attendees on both Saturday and Sunday have enjoyed a variety of activities, special demonstrations and presentations. Antique and classic cars. Country Western Dancing. Fire Department’s Arial rescue and “jaws of life” demonstrations. Puppet shows. Concessions. Arts and Crafts. Moon walk. Horseshoe tournament. Pony rides. Choo Choo train rides. Pet Parade. Artist sales. 4-H Petting Zoo. Jugglers. Magicians. The Amazing Mr. Bubbleman. 3-legged races. For many years on Sunday morning at 7am (weather permitting), Hot Air Balloon Rides were part of the fun. There is no way to attend Hometown Days without having a good time. It is fun for all ages!

PHOTO: Front page of “San Carlos Living” Magazine, May 2020 Edition, Celebrating 40 Years of Hometown Days

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