Mayor’s Message: Founder’s Day Fair is one of my favorite events

By Mayor Dave Harrington

Our city is gearing up for its annual Founder’s Day Fair on Saturday, October 7 from noon to 5 pm at the Aliso Viejo Ranch located at 100 Park Avenue.

This is one of my favorite events of the year because it pays homage to our city’s history and heritage and gives our community a taste of the past. Aliso Viejo incorporated as Orange County’s 34th city on July 1, 2001; however, our city’s footprints were established in the mid-1800s when the Mexican government granted Juan Avila thousands of acres of land that would eventually become part of the expansive Moulton ranch.

The Moulton family became owners of the ranch in 1895, before ultimately selling the last 6,600 acres in the 1970s to the Mission Viejo Company for a master-planned development.
The 7-acre Aliso Viejo Ranch, nestled across the street from Aliso Viejo Middle School, serves as the last remaining vestige of the former 22,000-acre Moulton Ranch.
For one day, every fall since 2006, the rustic Ranch becomes a fair site for our community – boasting relics of our past blended with a celebration of who we are today. Founder’s Day is about coming together and embracing this inspired life we live in Aliso Viejo.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 will be no different. In fact, this fun-filled event will feature live entertainment, interactive historical and art exhibits, a rock wall, trackless train, bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo. Folks of all ages will enjoy a mechanical bull (if you dare); giant inflatable slide; and an area filled with old-fashioned activities. Paying tribute to our past, the fair will give you the chance to pan for gold; milk a cow (I kid you not); try your hand at archery; and partake in other activities that embrace our community’s early days.
Along with the historical aspects, what I really love about this event is the comradery with our community partners. School, youth, AVCA and nonprofit groups will host booths and serve up everything from hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones to beer, wine and other beverages to raise awareness of their specific causes.

I will be at Founder’s Day with my family, friends, neighbors and City Council colleagues, and I hope you will be too.

You can find out more about this signature event by visiting our website at or calling 949-425-2550.

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