By: Joan Clucas
When I received the first copy of SHARE San Marcos in June, the article about the “Chickens on Parade” and another one on Discovery Park caught my attention. We visited the park with our granddaughter and had a good time.
Later that week, I saw a friend up in San Bernardino County where we’d lived for almost forty years before moving to San Marcos in 2010. Our friend had owned an egg ranch in Alta Loma, and commented on our new location. He said San Marcos had been the site of the largest chicken ranch in California, owned by the Prohoroff family. Ah ha! I now understood why the contest involved finding chickens!
My husband, our granddaughter, and I set out one afternoon to see what it was all about. We found our first chicken at the Old California Coffee House and continued all summer. It became a bit addictive, especially when I realized we had found twenty out of twenty-eight. I just had to see them all!
In my opinion, the Chamber of Commerce and the Great Clips Chickens were prettiest, but we had the most fun at the California Bank and Trust “barnyard.” I now have business cards from many of the businesses, and consider our time searching well spent.