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Community Eyes Park Fete
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A full week of events is being coordinated – as Escalon gets ready for its annual summer celebration of Park Fete.

The actual fete will be Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11 but spokesperson Paula Rocha said events actually begin Monday and continue through the week, capped off by the two-day downtown festival.

“The theme is ‘Don’t Miss the Park Fete Train’ this year,” Rocha said, noting that the Escalon Lion’s Club is working in cooperation with several organizations to put on the festival.

Robert Swift is heading up the parade for Saturday morning, while Ed Alves and Swift are lining up entertainment. Both are Lions Club members. Applications for the parade can be found on the City of Escalon website and Debbie Murken and Lorina Cajias are coordinating the vendor booths for the downtown area.

Other events already planned for this year are a quick draw demonstration, children’s carnival, the horse shoe competition, plenty of music and fun.

Paul Dismukes has been selected as Grand Marshal for the Saturday parade.

Leading up to Park Fete, Rocha said, are festivities including a quilt show on Monday, July 6 at the Escalon Historical Society Museum, the Senior Mr. and Mrs. Escalon Luncheon on Tuesday, July 7 at the Community Center, the Miss Escalon pageant at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the Community Center. On Thursday, July 9, the Little Mr. and Miss Escalon pageant will be held at the Community Center at 6 p.m. and on Friday, July 10, the festival opens downtown at 3 p.m., running through 11 p.m.

Saturday features the Park Fete races, carnival, vendors, parade, music and more, with events starting at 6:30 a.m. with race day registration and culminating with music by Never Too Late until 11 p.m. Saturday night, July 11.