By Zachary Apperson
The neon lights illuminated the straw floor, allowing a spectrum of vivid colors to cast a luster along the fairgrounds. The metal contraptions of coasters reflected a certain kind of radiance while gyrating, rotating, twisting and whirling groups of families, children, and young couples alike, whose shrieks and squeals of elation made their way through the fair adding to the ambiance of Tustin Tiller Days.
September 30 through October 2, communities across Santa Ana, Tustin, and Irvine attended the annual Tiller Days carnival. People wandered the grass, either enticed by the permeated scent of fried funnel cake or maybe the metallic thuds of a roller coaster running its track nearby. But aside from the foods and festivities, Tiller Days offered a selection of booths to browse and shop from. Performances by the Tustin High Dance Team and a parade consisting of Tustin High Cheer, Band and Color guard were also featured at the event.
Tiller Days has been a tradition for 59 years now, starting back in 1957. It’s a tradition that’s grown to feel much older as it’s become apart of city culture. Throughout the years, Tustin Tiller Days has provided the perfect setting for local businesses and nonprofit organizations to expand their notoriety among the residents here. Over the span of three days just once a year, we need to remember it’s not the foods eaten or the rides ridden, but perhaps the memories made that really make Tustin Tiller Days worth coming back for.