Celebrate with us!


Bridgeport, California will host its 17th annual Founder’s Day Celebration over Labor Day weekend, August 30th - September 2nd, 2019. 

You are invited to join in the fun for this 4-day celebration sponsored by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce and the Mono County Historical Society. Additional sponsors include the Mono County Economic Development, Tourism & Film Commission, Fishin' Mission Foundation, Centennial Livestock, Walker River Outfitters, Bridgeport Indian Reservation and private donations.

Founder’s Day highlights the area's rich history while treating visitors to a great assortment of free family fun such as the vintage quilt show with this year's raffle quilt "Harvest" benefiting the Mono County Museum, 4-day Ranch Roping competition (participation fees apply) at Centennial Arena, historical tours & presentations including "Traditional Ways of Life" by the Bridgeport Indian Reservation with demonstrations that include singing and dancing, DebiLynn Smith chautauqua portrayal of Alice Hays (1st Woman in CA to be Superintendent of Schools,) live music by Thomas Mountain Music with Tom Schemenauer, Magic Madness by 3rd generation Magician Justin Impossible, arts and crafts vendors and information booths, free STAMPEDE foot races for the kids, lawn activities, as well as the Main Street Walk-a-bout social & lots of great raffles. Plus, get pictures with Hank, the Founder's Day Mascot and Smokey Bear at the Open Firehouse!

Enjoy unsurpassed BBQ and entertainment at the Fishin' Mission FND Western Night, Saturday night, Sept. 1st at 6 at the Bridgeport Ranch Barns and Terrace. BBQ by Billy and Sue Ruiz of Cowboy Flavor. Live music by Locked N Loaded band and the Bridgeport Gun Club will provide the no-host bar. Raffles with a Grand Prize add to proceeds in support of the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at Ken's Sporting Goods or online at Fishin' Mission FDN.

Sunday night, Sept. 2nd at 5:00 is the featured Founder's Day Dinner Presentation with Paiute Pre-History given by Joseph Lent, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Bridgeport Indian Reservation. A delicious and affordable dinner of Carnitas Tacos, Cheese Enchiladas, Rice & Beans and a Green Salad will be served by Alicia's Mexican Food while the Antelope Valley Lions Club will host the bar. This is always a much anticipated night with prizes, raffles and dessert auctions to boot! Don't miss it! Pay at the door, Memorial Hall.

A little history:

Nestled high in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California, Bridgeport became the Mono County Seat in 1864, a position most expected would have been given to the nearby, gold mining town of Bodie. Early settlers worked the lush meadow land in ranching before initially forming the town at “The Bridge” crossing over the East Walker River. When the gorgeous Mono County Courthouse (2nd oldest in operation in CA) was completed uptown in 1881, some businesses built anew nearby while some simply moved uptown. Eventually, Main Street changed course from cornering around the Courthouse to continuing straight along the distance of town. Visit during Founder's Day to learn more!

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Old-fashioned fun for everyone!


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