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November 13, 2005 [ More archived home pages here ]

Leo Carrillo Ranch Fall Festival

Today's song is by Seals & Crofts, We May Never Pass This Way Again from 1973.

Over 1,000 people attended the Fall Festival at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park on Saturday, November 12, 2005. The warm Southern California sun's rays provided a wonderful setting for the day's activities.

I served as a Docent at the main Hacienda for two hours in the early afternoon. I had the opportunity to speak with over 100 people, many who lived nearby and experiencing the ranch for the first time. I watched several hundred more on the grounds of the ranch walking, talking, and enjoying the ranch's landscapes and features.

I'm an experienced Docent for the ranch and have served hundreds of hours in helping interpret to visitors, the ranch and the time that Leo Carrillo himself walked his land. I always enjoy meeting people who are visiting the ranch for the first time. Their faces beam with excitement and are often in awe of just how influential Leo was during his lifetime. The majority of them will visit the ranch again and tell their family and friends of their views.

Inside the main Hacienda the TV continually displayed the April 15, 1959 episode of This Is Your Life (shown below) when Leo Carrillo was the guest of honor. The format of that episode illuminated the life of Leo through anecdotal information and appearances of his friends and family. I watched many of the attendees in the Hacienda stay for the entire show, leaving satisfied they felt touched by the experience. It is just a small part of what the ranch is all about.

I used the discussions with some visitors to explain that the ranch still needs contributions to continue the restoration projects scheduled. Someday the large masonry barbeque will be refurbished to its original condition. Someday the barn will serve as the Visitors Center and Theater. It is a good feeling to see people willing to help. The spirit of Leo is in their hearts and is contagious.


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