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Park Fete Pageant Royals Recognized
Escalon City Mayor Jeff Laugero, far, right, poses with this years Escalon royalty, as selected during Park Fete Week activities. The mayor presented Miss Escalon, Little Miss and Little Mr. Escalon with special certificates of appreciation from the city at the Aug. 21 Escalon City Council meeting and the entire Miss Escalon court also joined in for the photo, saluted for their service to the community. Marg Jackson/The Times


Having settled in to begin their year-long reign as young Escalon royalty, recognition was provided for Miss Escalon 2017 and her court, along with Little Miss and Little Mr. Escalon on Monday night.

In a formal presentation at the Aug. 21 Escalon City Council meeting, Mayor Jeff Laugero presented Little Mr. Escalon Max Villanueva, Little Miss Escalon Daisy Lozano and Miss Escalon Grace Stime with certificates of appreciation from the city.

They will represent Escalon at a number of events throughout the year and Miss Escalon will also often be joined by her court, with several other contestants in the Park Fete Week pageant earning honors.

First Runner-Up was Emily McPherrin, with Second Runner-Up Anabelle Shafter. Chosen as Miss Inspirational was Kaitlyn Matsunami, with Miss Congeniality Courtney Ney and Miss Photogenic Karsyn Beckham.

All were on hand for the council session, in addition to first-year pageant coordinators Lexi Bavaro and Shannon Montgomery.

Later in the council meeting, during council comments, Ed Alves said the pageants were handled well and he offered kudos to the coordinators for a job well done, as well as saluting the court for their hard work already at some community events.

He said the participation of all contestants in the pageants showed pride in the community and he urged others to get involved, not only in pageantry, but also in showing community pride by caring for the city.

“I’d like to see us get into the schools and teach about community pride,” Alves added. “If we all work together, we can make a change.”