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Bridgeport Founder’s Day 2017
Bridgeport, California invites you to their 16th annual Founder’s Day Celebration this September 1st – 4th. Put on by Area Businesses, the Mono County Historical Society, the Mono County Economic Development, Tourism and Film Commission, and the Fishin’ Mission Foundation, visitors will get a feeling of the old days while living it up in Bridgeport’s notable hospitality! Check out the 2017 Poster!
Spectating is FREE for the following events!
Opening the festivities on Friday the 1st, folks will enjoy the craggy Sawtooth Ridge view while cheering on all manner of the popular Ranch Roping Competition at the Centennial Arena sponsored by Centennial Livestock, west end of town through Sunday.
Friday evening, Bridgeport comes alive for the Main Street “Walk-A-Bout.” This is a delightful Bridgeport Elementary School affair in which local businesses, restaurants, and shops offer food and drinks as visitors try their luck in raffles and more.
Exclusively on Saturday the 2nd, the vintage Quilt Show will fill the Memorial Hall, proudly displaying a great many exquisite quilts, some aged over 100 years. Enter the raffle to win the “Split Decision” quilt, uniquely made for the 2017 Founder’s Day Celebration.
"Stampede" with the best Saturday morning in a 15k or 10k Adult Run. This challenging trail race sets off from the Courthouse and courses up Aurora Canyon Road where views of the beautiful Bridgeport Valley will take away any breath you have left! The Kids Dashes stay in town and the 5k Fun Run or 5k Walk will get everyone moving at no charge! Fill Out the Stampede Form
The main celebration is centered at the Mono County Courthouse in the middle of town where Arts & Crafts booths Vendor Form Link, live entertainment and free pastimes for the kids will amuse from under the shady trees on the lawn both Saturday and Sunday. Kids young and old can try their luck with fun games such as Mini-golf lanes, a Corn Cob toss, Fishing and Roping games, Cut-out Photo boards and more, hosted by the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship Church. HANK, our very own prospector mascot will be around for pictures during the Hank’s Adventures Writing Challenge Awards and Readings Saturday morning! Also, don’t miss the Open House at the Fire Station with Smokey Bear! Catch the old-fashioned Wagon Rides to get around town Sat/Sun!
***Courthouse Stage musical guests are:
(Saturday) Tom Schemenauer is an Eastern Sierra song-writer and camp fire story teller, playing guitar, ukelele, harmonica, tambourine originals and covers @ Courthouse Stage.
(Sunday) Back Stage Pass has 6 members dedicated to delivering a great concert with their eclectic mix of Americana music including bluegrass, country and 60’s folk.
***Courthouse Stage speakers are:
(Saturday) Bridgeport Indian Colony presenting “Traditional Paiute Ways of Life” –a historic overview from the aboriginal people of the Bridgeport area, their heritage through today with specific stories, demonstrations and singing.
(Sunday) DebiLynn Smith will do a Chautauqua portrayal of 1800’s Anna Norgard Olsen Harris Behrmann of Genoa, NV which promises to take us back to a time when the true strength of the early pioneer women of the area was most remarkable! Married to a teamster for Bodie, Aurora, Lundy, Mono Mills and Bridgeport, Anna’s life was never dull!
Tour our Victorian architecture and hear inside stories as part of the guided walking tour Sat/Sun at Noon. The tour begins at the 1880 Mono County Courthouse and moves inside to view the gorgeous interior followed by exploration of the 1883 Bridgeport Jail, old Community Church, and the original School House of 1880, which now houses the Mono County Museum. There are many stops in between that will surely give a sense of the great adventures of the old days!
Bridgeport’s World-Renowned Theater Cast is back this year to depict a group of resident eccentrics in search for lost treasure in “The Boardinghouse.” This free play from our local thespians always packs the Memorial Hall Theater for their one performance on Saturday afternoon.
Western Night hosted by the Fishin’ Mission Foundation tops off Saturday with great BBQ from Cowboy Flavor and live music by the country band, Locked and Loaded. Held at the Bridgeport Barns & Terrace, a raffle and Grand Prize combine with dinner proceeds to directly support local community needs and education. Tickets sell quickly at Ken’s Sporting Goods and www.fishin-mission-foundation.org
MASQUERADE with us Sunday night the 3rd at our 16th Annual Founder’s Day Dinner Masquerade. The “Masquerade and Fancy Dress Ball” that initiated Bryant’s New Hall as the place to be in 1884 Bridgeport is the inspiration for this fun night that begins with a flavorful dinner of Chili Relleno w/Ranchero Sauce & Chicken Fajitas by Jose’s and Alicia’s Mexican Food. Bar hosted by the Antelope Valley Lions Club. David Woodruff, co-author with wife Gayle of “Tales Along El Camino Sierra” will tell us all about how HWY 395 is historically known as El Camino Sierra. Raffles and Auctions fill the remainder of the night, tempting one and all to vie for fine prizes, prime artistry, and legendary baked goods! Guests may arrive in a mask of their own creation for a chance to win the “Best Mask Grand Prize” or wear one provided. Proceeds help fund future Founder’s Day festivities, benefiting Bridgeport. $15A/$10K Tickets sold at the door, Memorial Hall 5pm. If time and interest prevail, a little masked dancing will end the night!
Volunteer for the East Walker River Cleanup effort Monday morning -hosted by Fishin’ Mission Foundation, Ken’s Sporting Goods and Walker River Outfitters. Helpers will be treated to a Bridgeport Park BBQ afterwards, closing the weekend’s merriment.
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Bring your fishing gear- FREE Mono County fishing day September 2nd!!
Volunteer Coordinator: Sarah Jenkins, Email Sarah, 760-616-1765