Neighboring Escalon is pulling out all the stops this weekend, as the community hosts its annual Park Fete celebration.
Activities actually kicked off on Monday, with an Open House and Quilt Show at the city’s Historical Society Museum and Tuesday featured recognition for this year’s honored Senior Mr. and Mrs. Escalon, Jonnie and Nancy Galloway.
Today, July 8 will see several young ladies vying for the title of Miss Escalon, with the pageant starting at 6 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center.
The Little Miss and Mr. Escalon pageant is scheduled for Thursday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at the community center and the Park Fete itself kicks off on Friday, July 10.
Vendor booths can open in the downtown area, along Main Street and in the park, starting at 3 p.m.
The Lions Club beer booth opens at 4 p.m. and the children’s carnival opens at 6 p.m.
Also, sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. for the Police Department corn hole tournament, with the competition starting at 7 p.m. Those interested can also contact email@example.com to sign up; cost is $5 per person, $10 per team.
Saturday, July 11 brings the early morning Park Fete runs, an omelet breakfast at the Masonic Hall from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and tricycle and scooter races. Downtown tricycle races for ages up to 7 start at 9:15 a.m.; bring your own tricycle. Scooter races for ages 8 to 10 start at 9:45 a.m.; bring your own scooter.
The carnival and kid’s corral with games and face painting open at 10 a.m. and that’s also when you can sign up for the kid’s chalk art contest at Lorina’s Edible Garden booth. Contest judging will be at 3 p.m.
Vendor booths also open at 10 a.m. and the Park Fete parade steps off at 11 a.m. with Grand Marshal Paul Dismukes.
The beer booth will be open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., register for the horseshoe tourney at 11 a.m. or contact Vince Valenzuela at 858-8865. Cost is $20 a team and the tournament starts at 12:15 p.m.
Throughout the evening Friday and all during the day on Saturday, there will be groups performing on the stage at the Main Street Park, in addition to some street performers roaming the crowd. The event concludes at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
This year’s Park Fete is dedicated to Pete and Sheila Arellano. Pete was a longtime coach and teacher at Escalon High School as well as a Lions Club member who passed away in June; Sheila was a longtime reporter for The Escalon Times as well as serving on the Chamber of Commerce and Escalon Community Ambulance board. She passed away in October, 2014. Both were also active through the years in helping organize Park Fete and had coordinated the Senior Mr. and Mrs. Escalon luncheon.
For information about any of the Park Fete events, contact Ed Alves at 996-7757 or Robert Swift at 595-5013.