Neighbors lined the streets, some sitting in lawn chairs, others balancing their bikes, some standing, some pushing strollers or clutching young childrens' hands, all chatting excitedly about the event about to start.
Friendly police officers, with plastic steer skulls decorating the front of their motorcycles urged spectators to step back moments before the event began.
The Orange County Fair's Second Annual Cattle Drive through the streets of Costa Mesa was about to take place.
This might seem like no big deal in many places in America. However, Orange County has 3,000,000 people and Costa Mesa has over 100,000, and it has been decades since cows roaming around have been commonplace.
For the majority of those living in Costa Mesa, a cattle drive is an exciting, unusual event as evidenced by all of those who came out to watch approximately 300 cows be herded by close to 80 "cowboys" many of whom had been trained the previous day and the cattle dogs who truly kept the cattle in line.
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The cattle were followed by several wagons and even a stage coach all crowded with people enjoying being part of the event.
Though the spectacle only lasted a few minutes, it leaves memories in the minds of those who witnessed it. Many had come back after seeing last year's First Annual Cattle Drive and enjoyed being part of the second one.
Like so many of the children watching the cattle drive, my four year old was excited by the cows and looked forward to it all week, reminding me everyday that we were going to go see the cows and the cowboys and that he wanted to be a cowboy, just like Grandpa.
The 2008 Orange County Fair runs until August 3rd. Make sure you get out and enjoy the fun - the rides, the animals, the food and all of the exhibits.
Hopefully, we'll all get to see the Third Annual Orange County Cattle Drive next year!