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PHOTOS: A Frog-Jumping Hooligan

Rancho Carrillo supports its firefighters with the 33rd annual, old-time country fundraiser.

There be frogs ajumping!

Each year, the isolated and exclusive Ranch Carrillo neighborhood welcomes guests to join in its community festivities. In the spirit of good natured fun, they compete in riding events, eating contests and auctions.

But the most anticipated is the frog jump.  

The 75-home ranch community located 8 miles east of San Juan Capistrano hosts an authentic country fair with face painting, petting zoo, chicken bingo, food and drinks.

Funds raised by the "Hooligan" keep the Rancho Carrillo Volunteer Fire Department running. This year, they are replacing a 35-year-old engine with a new fire truck with custom features, designed and built by the community's own Jim Trindle and Keith Warren.

"It starts when you turn the key, and moves when you press the gas," joked emcee Brent Chase. That may sound basic, but dependable equipment is vital when you live in this remote rural landscape, he said.

Lauren September 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM
What a great day and TONS OF THANKS to all the volunteers that put on this great event. It was a fun day and for a good cause. My only wish is that more people in the SJC community would join us for great fun.
Chris LaDue September 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Miss it up there, looks like another good Hooligan Day. Hello to all from the LaDue Family, Olympia Wa.
alex September 21, 2012 at 01:41 AM
LaDue, We missed you leaving a car in the arena with a blow-up dummy in it....We need you!

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