Mayor’s Message: Celebrate Founder’s Day Oct. 3

Mayor Bill Phillips talks about the City’s annual Founder’s Day Fair in his latest message, which follows:

Aliso Viejo’s foundation was laid by people who had a vision and the perseverance to build a sustainable, viable community. The founders of this City are folks who helped to form, shape and mold Aliso Viejo, to protect its interests and well-being and nurture it into the great community it is today. I am grateful to pioneers of our City like Carmen Cave and Cynthia Pickett-Adams who fought for cityhood and served along with Greg Ficke, Karl Warkomski and myself on Aliso Viejo’s first City Council in 2001. I am thankful to the residents who worked hard for cityhood such as Marcelle Fortier, our first Senior of the Year who recently passed away. While in her 70s and 80s, Marcelle was an active supporter of this community and cityhood effort.  I am grateful to my current Council colleagues, Ross Chun, Dave Harrington, Mike Munzing and Phil Tsunoda, who continue to move Aliso Viejo forward.

These people and the countless others who have made and continue to make Aliso Viejo such a great place to live, work and play are why we celebrate Founder’s Day each year.

On October 3, our City will once again embrace its roots with its Founder’s Day Fair from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Aliso Viejo Ranch located at 100 Park Avenue.

This is a fun family event with old-fashioned games and mechanical rides, food and local entertainment.  The event features some relics of Aliso Viejo’s history along with excitement for folks of all ages.

Patrons will enjoy a petting zoo, inflatables, bounce houses, a children’s carousel, rock climbing wall and “Tubes-of-Fun.” There is a new derby car building and racing experience as well as a few new carnival games. As a Founder’s Day tradition, antique machines will be on display along with an interactive historical exhibit highlighting the Native American experience from a local Juaneno tribe member.

The highlight of the event is a performance by the rockabilly band The Altar Billies from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Our City also uses this annual event as an opportunity to benefit local nonprofits like the Aliso Niguel High School Instrumental Music Boosters, which will sell hot dogs and other goodies to raise money for their program.

Entry to Founder’s Day Fair is free with nominal fees for food and some activities. This is an event that has continued to grow since its inception in 2006 and it’s always a great time. So please join me, my fellow colleagues and your friends, families and neighbors in celebrating this community at this year’s Founder’s Day Fair on Saturday, October 3.

For more information, call 949-425-2550 or visit

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