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Anza Trail Color Guard Claims a Top Prize

by Dennis Carlos, Soldados y Californios de SoCal

Tagged as:   San Diego County , Volunteers , living history , youth

Anza Trail friends take a top honor at the 2015 Old Fort MacArthur Days

Anza Trail partners the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum and Soldados y Californios de SoCal received a top honor for their Spanish colonial display at Old Fort MacArthur Days, July 11-12. 

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
photo by Soldados y Californios de SoCal

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