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Petalumans flock to Butter - Egg Days

  • Farrah Caldwell, right, took the top prize in The Cutest Chick contest, while Johnny Anzelc second, and Bane Zuniga third out of over 50 adorable entries at the Butter & Eggs Festival in Petaluma on April 26, 2014.

Petalumans celebrated their city's roots as the Egg Basket of the World and, more recently, a dairy center on Saturday with the annual Butter - Egg Days parade and festival.

Police said more than 30,000 people flocked to downtown Petaluma for the parade that featured farmers and politicians, marching bands and marching veterans, and of course plenty of butter and egg producers.

"It's about hometown pride and the opportunity to exemplify the generosity that makes Petaluma unique," said Ross Jones, vice president of the Petaluma Downtown Association, the event organizer. "Today, we're celebrating all things hatched, incubated, planted and raised in our hometown."

Butter & Egg Days in Petaluma

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The tribute to local farming is in its 33rd year since its revival in 1981, though old-timers recall that the parade began in 1918 and was not held for a number of years.

Erika Cubba, 74, remembers marching in the parade in the 1950s. She said she came down to stake a spot along the parade route at 8 a.m. and was surprised to find most of the curbside space occupied well ahead of the noon start. Cubba said she loves to watch the high school bands.

"It's still a local event with a lot of local products," she said. "It's a good chance to get together as a community, see old friends."

Before the parade, local officials kicked off the festivities with the traditional cow-pie throwing contest. Police Chief Patrick Williams launched his painted cow pie farther than Petaluma Fire battalion chief Jeff Schach to win the Battle of the Badge.

"I went with the overhand method," Chief Williams said of his strategy. "It was like a Tim Lincecum fastball."

Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, whose toss was well short of that of most of the Petaluma City Council members, said the two-day festival encapsulates Petaluma.

"It's a great community event," he said. "It represents our agricultural roots and the sense of our small town."


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