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Fireworks Booths Awarded
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Later this month, local groups will open fireworks booths, selling the Safe and Sane variety allowed within the city limits. Escalon is one of a handful of San Joaquin County communities to have enacted an ordinance to allow the use of fireworks.

Groups put in applications each year for the booths and a random drawing determines which groups receive the booths. This year, Escalon High School baseball, Escalon Outlaws youth football and Escalon Covenant Church were the winners. Four booths are featured in the city, with the City of Escalon Recreation Department always hosting one, with the other three available for the drawing.

Booths can open for business on Tuesday, June 28 at noon and stay open until midnight on Monday, July 4.

The City of Escalon booth will be located in the Escalon Center shopping center parking lot on Jackson Avenue. Escalon baseball will set up across the street, in the Big Boy Market parking lot. The Escalon Outlaws booth will be along Highway 120, just west of the city, near The Barn and Escalon Covenant Church will have the booth at the MarVal Main Street Market location on McHenry Avenue.

The recreation department utilizes its booth every year to help raise funds for ongoing programs and services. The department is also currently offering swimming lessons at the community pool, with lessons given Monday through Thursday. The first session of lessons will wrap up tomorrow, June 16 with Session 2 running from June 20 through June 30; session 3 from July 11 through July 21 and the final session 4 running from July 25 through Aug. 4.

With temperatures finally nearing normal highs, headed into the 90s this week, residents are reminded that the pool is open for public swimming from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a cost of $2 per person. Discounted passes, 15 passes for $27, are available at the rec department offices at 2040 McHenry Avenue.