A parade and community fair on Saturday will kick off three weekends of Poway Days activities.
The 53rd annual Poway Days Parade will start at 9 a.m. Saturday on the south side of Poway Road. An estimated 100-plus entries are expected, including all five Poway Unified School District marching bands, dozens of school, veterans and civic groups, pageant winners, classic cars and equestrian units. The parade will begin at Pomerado Road and head east to its conclusion on Bowron Road. The reviewing stand will be near the Poway Library.
This year’s theme is “Happiness is Helping Others.” The grand marshal is Poway resident Phil Harris, founder of Friends & Family Community Connection.
There will be announcers at three locations along the parade route. They will be veteran San Diego radio broadcasters Sam Bass and Dave Mason, Channel 10News meteorologist Megan Perry and KSON radio hosts Greg Raneiri.
The popular annual parade is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps. More information about the parade can be found at powaydaysparade.org.
Parade attendees will be encouraged to walk over to Community Park following the parade to enjoy the return of a Poway tradition, Community Day. The Poway Days Committee has rebranded the event, dormant for several years, as the “Community Day Festival.” The free, family-friendly event will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the park. Attendees will be able to ride shuttles back to their parked cars.
A “family fun zone” with rides is planned along with 110 vendor booths and a beer garden. Robotics teams from 40 local and regional high schools will compete, as will 75 “fly ball” dogs racing for best times in a sanctioned event. Young inventors will pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges in “Fish Tank” competition starting at 2 p.m. There will be a “battle of the bands” from 5 to 8 p.m. and the selection of top community volunteers as “Powegians of the Year” at 4 p.m.
Other Poway Days events include the inaugural “SeptemberFest” from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, also at Community Park. Tickets to the event, which will feature wine and beer tasting and concerts by Ramshackle and Maddie Leigh, are on sale at powaydays.com. The event will also include an art show and a Madame Mechanic classic car show.
Poway Days will conclude with the 45th annual Poway Rodeo on Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are available at powayrodeo.com.