Tustin Tiller Days

August 28, 2011


It was an early summer day in 1957 when Bill Moses, editor/publisher of The Tustin News, and his advertising manager, Clint Caldwell, decided Tustin needed some excitement. Why not organize a parade?

They approached the Chamber of Commerce with their idea and soon plans were under way for a parade plus a carnival plus a street dance. Then someone came up with the idea of calling the event Tiller Day in honor of the time when Tustin was an agricultural community.

This September 30 through October 2, 2011, Tustin celebrates the 54th Annual Tustin Tiller Days with a carnival, a parade, live entertainment, and more Tustin fun.


Later this Fall, return to Tustin for a parade through local history with “Remember When” columnist Juanita Lovret’s new book, Tustin As It Once Was.

The work was hard and the pay was meager, but for more than 50 years Tustin’s young people found their first jobs in the orange packing houses.

When those who still live in the area get together at a class reunion or some other event, their conversations often turn back to those hot summers when they hoisted boxes of oranges or jockeyed trucks weighted down with fruit. 

They laugh as they remember the minuscule pay, $1 per hour for drivers and 75 cents per hour for swampers, and how in the 1940s it paid for a lot of movie dates, dances at Balboa’s Rendezvous, cars, gas and, in some cases, college.

Tustin As It Once Was Juanita Lovret (History Press, Fall 2011).

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One Comment on “Tustin Tiller Days”

  1. Juanita Lovret Says:

    I’m having a lot of fun turning “Remember When” into a book which I am sure all my readers will enjoy. Looking forward to meeting many of you at book signings. Juanita


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