Anza Trail Color Guard Claims a Top Prize
by Dennis Carlos, Soldados y Californios de SoCal
Calling themselves the Anza Trail Color Guard, Calif. Division, the contingent took the Lou Lopez Award for Best Overall Presentation and Educational Display. Representatives from the Anza Trail Color Guard in Arizona traveled to help bring their California peers' display to life.
Old Fort MacArthur Days is one of the West Coast's largest living history events in which re-enactors bring military history to life from around the world and across time. The event takes place every summer in San Pedro, Calif.
This year's Anza Trail Color Guard encampment included a scavenger hunt that gave visitors an opportunity to experience life on the Anza trail. Event participants could try period dancing, eat foods of the Anza Expedition, make corn husk dolls, and talk with Father Font as he instructed guests on how to make their own astrolabe.
Kids who completed the scavenger hunt activities earned an official Anza Trail Junior Ranger Badge.
The Lou Lopez Award is named for the late Lou Lopez, a long-time organizer of Old Fort MacArthur Days and an enthusiast of the Spanish colonial era. Lopez, who passed away in 2014, was known for his portrayal of Governor Alvarado.
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Anza Trail friends take a top honor at the 2015 Old Fort MacArthur Days