This Year’s Festival

June 8th & 9th, 2019
Sat & Sun 11am - 6pm

Film Night:
Fri, June 7th
8:00pm Contratti Park Ball Field

Downtown Parade
Sat 10am

Only friendly dogs at the Festival! PLEASE be responsible for your pet

Thank You Sponsors!
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Grand Marshal 2018

Pete and Pat Arrigoni. Photo: Stephanie Mohan

Grand Marshals for 2018 – Pete and Pat Arrigoni

We are excited to have two Grand Marshalls for the Fairfax Parade this year, Pete and Pat Arrigoni.  Both have been prominent Marin County citizens, each contributing great things to our community.

Pete Arrigoni, a Fairfax native, served 4 years on the Fairfax town council and 8 years as a member of the Board of Supervisors.  He excelled as an athlete throughout his college days, being chased after by the 49ers.  He enlisted in the Coast Guard during the Korean War, after five year of service he then came back to complete his education in business and economics.  He proceeded into a career of stock market management, politics, and then to work with the Marin Builders Association until 2003.  Pete is credited with his contributions to the area such as the building of the Fairfax Library, the writing of the Countrywide Plan (keeping West Marin rural), the School-to-Careers apprentice program, and a working bus and ferry system to serve our county.

Pat Arrigoni, married Pete Arrigoni in 1956 and moved to San Francisco area in 1959.  She studied art history and literature and has worked as a staff writer for the Ross Valley Reporter as well as several freelance assignments for the Marin Independent Journal and other Bay Area publications. Pat utilized her skills in photography and travel writing for Gannett News Service for four years.  She became became involved with the Boyd Natural Science Museum in the 1960s initiating many fundraising events.  Pat joined the Fairfax Guild while raising her children and continued her fundraising efforts for the community. She was elected President of the Fairfax Guild and then to be elected as the President of all fourteen guilds. When she retired in 1973, she was awarded ‘Honorary Board Member for Life’.”  In 1975 the Marin Mammal Center opened in Sausalito due to the successful work of Pat Arrigoni and two friends, Paul Maxwell and Lloyd Smalley.  Pat then published a book called “The Marine Mammal Center: How It All Began. Recollections of One of the Founders”.  In 1981 Pat’s book “Making the Most of Marin” was first published with great success. She continues to be busy with freelance writing projects and photography, as well as traveling.