Pioneer Day Old Timer BBQ Returns to San Miguel

About two hundred people attended the event

— After a two-year absence, the Pioneer Day Alumni BBQ returned Sunday afternoon to San Miguel Community Park.

About two hundred people showed up. Two of the oldest “oldies” were 95 years old, but none were over 100 this year. More than a dozen were over 80, which qualified them for a free chicken barbecue dinner.

Margaret Wicks is the chair of Pioneer Day this year. She welcomed everyone and talked about upcoming events, including dinner on September 24. The Pre-Pioneer Day Launch Party will be held at the Estrella Warbirds Museum. There will be an upper block and a chicken grill with all the fixings. A live auction and dessert auction will also be held. DJ Andy Morris will play music for dancing. Tickets are now on sale online at and at American Riviera Bank and several other local businesses.

Grand Marshal Howie and Queen Beverly Ann (Jesperson) Steinbeck, with Pioneer Day Chair Margaret Wicks.

Pioneer royalty also spoke. Howie and Beverly Ann (Jesperson) Steinbeck each spoke about how much they appreciate the honor of being named Grand Marshall and Queen.

La Belle and her attendants described their family history in the region they represented. Jenna Wilshusen is Beauty in 2022. She represents the Pomar region. His ancestors had a large ranch in Pomar about 100 years ago. She says she lives just a mile away today. Jenna also brought a foreign student from Spain who lives with the Wilshusen family. Laura Moreno-Parralejo said she loves America and the culture. She said she liked the barbecue.

Beautiful Jenna Wilshusen and attendants

Beautiful Jenna Wilshusen and her court.

Kylie Stroud spoke for herself and two other aides. One of them had lost her voice after screaming during a volleyball match. Another was unable to attend. Kylie also spoke about the history of the Stroud family in the area.

The next event is the Pioneer Day Ladies Luncheon on September 15th. Then, the launch dinner will take place on September 24. For more information, visit the website.

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