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Homecoming Festivities Fill Busy Week
Events this week are leading up to the big finale on Friday night, when the varsity football team hosts Orestimba and the new Homecoming Queen is crowned.

It's Homecoming Week in Escalon and students at the high school are enjoying a variety of dress up days while also working on floats for the Friday afternoon parade.

The annual Powder Puff football competition was Tuesday night, after The Times went to press. Monday featured the Night Rally to kick off with week with plenty of spirit. Remaining dress up days this week include Wacky Wednesday today, Oct. 13, Disney Day for Thursday and Purple and Gold Day for Friday.

The downtown parade will kick off Friday afternoon, and Friday is a minimum day at school.

Announced as the Homecoming Queen candidates on Friday were Taylor LaRossa, Shannon Montgomery, Kristi Rigg, Amanda Diniz and Cara Sharp. One of the five will receive the 2010 crown at halftime of the varsity football game on Friday night.

Taylor is the daughter of Jamie and Michelle LaRossa.

"It goes by fast," the senior noted of the high school experience. "Make the most of it, get involved in stuff."

The daughter of Ingrid and Bruce Montgomery, Shannon said her best advice to students just coming in would be to "appreciate everything you have" and never take family and friends for granted.

Kristi, the daughter of Keith and Caroline Rigg, said her best memories of Escalon High revolve around sports.

"Volleyball means a lot to me, the whole team atmosphere," she said of bonding with teammates and working toward a common goal.

For Amanda, daughter of Joe and Annabel Diniz, she has had the most fun being a cheerleader for football but said it's best to take part in many activities.

Cara, daughter of Cindy and Craig Sharp, didn't actually hear her name called as a candidate, but was quickly alerted to her selection.

"I heard people yelling it," she said of friends informing her of her queen candidate status. "It feels great, I feel flattered and really excited."

All are looking forward to the parade and the fun activities throughout the week.

Homecoming commissioners, juniors Hannah Beeler and Hailey Metzler, were pleased to hand out the candidate sashes and goody bags on Friday.

"We've done so much preparing," Beeler said of getting ready for the week's festivities.

"I'm excited," added Metzler.

Meanwhile, Escalon Police are asking residents for their cooperation during the Homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 15.

The parade is scheduled to step off at 2:30 p.m. but street closures and detours will be in place prior to that time to allow for parade set up.

Motorists are reminded to be aware of the closures and adhere to the detours.

The Homecoming football game will feature Escalon hosting Orestimba at Engel Field in a game that has major playoff and Trans-Valley League title implications; the Warriors are 3-0 in league while Escalon is 2-0.