The hometown charm of Petaluma's Butter and Egg Days festival spilled out across downtown all weekend as an estimated 30,000 revelers filled the streets to watch dancing girls, chicken coops and floats galore in the parade, sip on local craft brews in the beer garden or peruse blocks of treasures at Sunday's Antique Faire.

Saturday morning started off adorably as dozens of toddlers dressed in feathered frocks filed into the Cutest Little Chicks contest. With her ostrich feather headband and her bright yellow tutu, Farrah Caldwell captured the title.

In a markedly less adorable competition down the street, local dignitaries and residents alike tested their throwing arms in the Cow Chip Tossing Contest. Petaluma Police Chief Patrick Williams took first place hurdling his colorful cow chip the farthest.

The parade, with more than 150 entries ranging from community groups to local businesses, started off on a romantic note. While riding in the back of City Councilmember Mike Harris' car, Daniel Goodwin proposed to his girlfriend, Megan Collett, with spectacular panache and a banner that read "Will You Marry Me, Megan?" They were honored with the parade's unique Golden Chicken award from emcee and radio personality Brent Farris.

From there, the parade offered a dazzling array of entries based on the theme "Home Grown Petaluma." McClelland's Dairy packed a fully grown heifer and a coop full of chickens onto its float, while the Capoeira Petaluma martial artists flipped and fought their way down the boulevard. Full rock and jazz bands atop floats mixed with the rhythmic sound of local school marching bands to set the soundtrack for the afternoon.

The event was organized by the Petaluma Downtown Association, whose executive director Marie McCusker didn't let a recent Achilles tendon tear slow her down as she raced from one event to another throughout the weekend in a golf cart.

(Contact Emily Charrier at emily.charrier@arguscourier.com)