PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 29, 2014

68th Annual Los Alamos Old Days Parade Winners Announced


Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, California—The 68th annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration hosted its “Greatest Little Small Town Parade” today starting at 11:00 a.m. featuring more than 50 entries from around the area. The parade and festivities attracted an estimated 3,000 or more people to the community today according to organizers. Los Alamos Old Days is organized and sponsored by the all-volunteer members of the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (LAVMC)—a philanthropic 501(C)3 not-for-profit group of men, women and families—dedicated to preserving the town’s unique Western character and hospitality. LAVMC provides scholarships and funding to local students and organizations, as well as offering its facilities for rent for private events. The Club is supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, families and businesses.

The 2014 Parade Grand Marshal was Carl C. Abeloe, whose father Carl A. Abeloe was 1979 Grand Marshal—the first time that two generations of the same family were honored. The Abeloe family has resided in the Los Alamos Valley since the early 1900’s, involved in dry-farming and ranching. Abeloe stated, “I attended the first Old Days in 1948 and am so humbled to be Grand Marshal this year.”

Parade Coordinators were Los Alamos residents Julie Moore, Nancy Morgan and Mary Lou Noll. For the 11th year, Parade Announcer was Laura Kath. Parade Judges were five unbiased non-locals: Margie & Bill Pierce (Palmdale); Rome & David Mattos (Folsom) and Joe Mattos (Chico). The parade began with the singing of the national anthem by 24-year-old Mia Vazquez, a Los Alamos native who recently graduated from California State University-Channel Islands with her degree in Performing Arts & Music.

2014 Los Alamos Old Days 68th Annual Parade Winners are:

1. Civic Organization: Orcutt American Legion Post 534

2. Military: Chumash Community Color Guard

3. Youth Organization: Olga Reed School of Los Alamos Students (Kindergarten thru 8th Grade)

4. Equestrian—Youth: Charros de Santa Ynez

5. Equestrian—Adult: Charros del Pacifico

6. Automobile—Antique: Lompoc Valley Historical Society Model T Racing Roadster driven by Brian Donelson

7. Automobile—Classic: 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe driven by Paul Taylor

8. Tractor—Antique: 1928 John Deere Model D driven by Barry Manfrina

9. Tractor—Classic: 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee driven by Martin McGuire

10. Farm/Ranch: 1968 John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractor with Custom Chariot “Green Acres” driven by Rick Lewis

11. Clowns: Lompoc Shrine Club

12. Musical: Righetti High School Warrior Marching Band

13. Novelty: 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Don Ancell) accompanied by Brigadier General Roger Knox

Organizers announced that the 69th Annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration will be September 25-27-2015. For further information on the Los Alamos Valley, all events and activities year-round, please visit

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