Celebrate The Spirit of the Harvest at Rancho Los Alamitos
2013-10-21 · By Editor
On Sunday, October 27, 2013, from noon until 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to celebrate the spirit of the harvest at Rancho Los Alamitos and experience a day of local history. This popular, family-oriented event is an annual tradition at the Rancho. Rediscover the heritage of the growing grounds and the landmarks of our communities’ rural past.
Only a few generations ago, families farmed the grounds that have become our communities. Throughout the Rancho’s gardens and grounds, participants will find clues to the area’s historic past from dairy farming and sheep herding of the late 1800s through the tenant farming days of 1900-1930.
Visitors will enjoy games, crafts, a sheep-shearing demonstration, displays of local produce and antique farming equipment, the annual Children’s Fall Harvest costume parade at 2:00 p.m. and much more. Foot-tapping music of the California Cowboy Band will enliven the Rancho while experts demonstrate trick roping and storytellers recite Cowboy Poetry and legends.
The Rancho’s magnificent Shire horses Bristol, Valentina, and Preston the colt will be on hand as will the other livestock including goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits and ducks. Pony rides will be available for a fee.
The event is sponsored by Melissa’s Produce, the Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation, and the Rancho Los Alamitos Volunteer Service Council.
Free parking is at CSULB Lot 11A at Palo Verde Avenue and Rendina Street with continuous handicap accessible shuttle service to the Rancho.
7.5 acres, Ranchos Los Alamitos is the ancestral site of the Povuu’ngna, and twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its spectrum of time and culture. Four acres of lush gardens, largely designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers, surround the old adobe-core ranch house. The historic barns area reflects the working ranch of the early 20th century, while the compelling Rancho Center exhibition connects the layers of the site to the Southern California experience, past to present. The barns area houses ranch livestock including magnificent Shire horses, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and rabbits.