September 13, 2014
MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO SETS RECORD WITH ‘HANDS AROUND THE MISSION’
As part of the celebration marking Orange County's 125th birthday, Mission San Juan Capistrano set a world record for "largest hug around a California mission" with its Hands Around the Mission event on Saturday.
The Mission gathered more than 1,000 volunteers who combined to hold hands around the perimeter of the Mission San Juan Capistrano grounds, which measure about 11 acres. The volunteers held hands for 10 minutes for the record, which was documented via aerial photography. All participants received an official certificate of participation.
There were a number of dignitaries in attendance, including Mexican Consul Alejandra Garcia Williams, and several city council members and candidates. A variety of groups were represented, including Native Americans. Jacque Nunez of the Acjachemen Tribe gave a blessing.
The Mission also offered free admission to all Orange County residents as part of the county's birthday celebration.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, recognized as the birthplace of Orange County and the county's most historic landmark, was the primary donor for San Juan Capistrano's celebration throughout the city. There were plenty of activities throughout the city during the day's celebration, which took place at the San Juan Capistrano Library, the Los Rios District and the Historic Town Center Park.
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