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San Juan Bautista to celebrate 150th anniversary in September

Celebration includes pancake breakfast, parade and live music.

Information provided by Wanda Guibert with the SJB 150 Committee.

The 150th anniversary of the City of San Juan Bautista’s incorporation will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 7 with a pancake breakfast and a tour of the Texas Lodge beginning at 9 a.m. Then join the community at 11 a.m. for a historic timeline parade depicting San Juan’s history from its early days to the present, featuring equestrians, classic autos and more.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard of San Juan Bautista will introduce the parade. After the parade, the E Clampus Vitus organization will dedicate a commemorative plaque honoring the 150th anniversary. A monument will be placed at the site of the former Volunteer Fire Department, where City Hall was once located on Polk Street.

Following the parade and plaque dedication, come on down to Abbe Park at Fourth and Muckelemi streets to enjoy old-fashioned family fun for all. Bring your blanket or folding chair and join the community from 12-5 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by the Alta California Dance Company, the Ukulele Jammers and San Juan School Choir, Zack Freitas and the Hired Guns, and Somos. Also, a folklorico troupe of 20 children will perform.

Enjoy free hot dogs and watermelon from 12-2 p.m., as well as old-fashioned games and contests. At 6 p.m., the Eagle Scouts will perform an official flag burning of old or tattered American flags at the VFW grounds on Monterey Street. A dance at the VFW building will begin at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by “Backyard Blues,” and the entrance fee will be $10.

Stay tuned for details, but mark your calendar now! Updates here:

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BenitoLink Staff