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By Brian Park

The Fiesta Association was out in full force Friday to apprehend city slickers for Hoos’Gow Day.

Volunteers, clad in the Fiesta Association’s familiar black-and-white, Western garb, wrangled up people throughout downtown in their two mobile jails, or hoosegows.

“Deputies” signaled their arrival at several downtown businesses by firing off their cap guns. Passersby wearing anything but Western attire were put in jail and were only “freed” after purchasing Fiesta Association memorabilia, from badges to garters.

To close out the day, the Fiesta Association gathered at Mission Grill, across from the Mission, for their inaugural frog race event. Participants placed bets on their frogs, each sponsored by local businesses. Winners received “frog cash” to use at those businesses.

The first-ever winner in the opening race was Joseph Leone, great grandson of longtime Fiesta Association volunteer Boots Leone.

KSBR 88.5 FM from Saddleback College set-up a remote show at Mission Grill, and Mayor Sam Allevato appeared as a guest for a live broadcast.

Hoos’Gow Day is the last event in the Fiesta de las Golondrinas season before the main event on Saturday, the 56th Swallows Day Parade.

The parade begins at 11 a.m., with most roads in downtown San Juan Capistrano closed by 10 a.m. The parade’s companion event, the Mercado Street Faire, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Town Center Park.

For more information on the parade, visit

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