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Park Fete Planning Picking Up Steam

This year’s Park Fete theme is “Our Town” and organizers are working to get all the pieces in place for the event, which kicks off with the Senior Mr. and Mrs. Escalon Luncheon on Tuesday, July 11. Al and Eva Bellinger have been selected as this year’s ‘senior’ honorees.

Park Fete Days are Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, but a full week of activities lead up to the hometown celebration.

The Miss Escalon Pageant will be Wednesday, July 12 and the 13 contestants attended the start of the Monday night Escalon City Council meeting to introduce themselves and offer a ‘fun fact’ about themselves as well.

The Little Miss and Mr. Escalon Pageant is set for Thursday, July 13. An informational meeting and sign-ups for the pageant are scheduled on Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Main Street Stage. This pageant is open to boys and girls ages 5 through 8 and they must attend school or live in Escalon. For more information, contact Lexi at 209-480-0728 or Shannon at 209-938-7711.

On Friday, July 14 during Park Fete Week, the vendor booths will be open at 4 p.m.; for information on vendor booths contact Debbie Murken at 209-402-0505.

The Carnival begins Friday at 6 p.m., the annual police department corn hole tournament is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and live entertainment begins on the Main Street stage that evening as well, with The New Past performing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; with Remedy on stage from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday, July 15 starts with the Escalon Park Fete Run, participants can sign up now at or attend race day registration, 6:30 a.m. at El Portal Middle School. The races start at 7:30 a.m.

Also, the Masons Omelet Breakfast will be served starting at 7 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 1500 Viking Street; tickets are $10.

The Stick Horse Rodeo starts the fun on Main Street at 9:30 a.m., in front of the kid’s corral. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the carnival, kid’s corral and vendor booths open, and other activities during the day will include a chalk art contest, horse shoe tournament and the annual Park Fete Parade, scheduled for 11 a.m.

Entertainment on stage July 15 will include Powerhouse Dance, Azores Band, Dennis Parrish, Patty Castillo Davis, Greg Rivera and Brian Head and Never Too Late. Ravioli the Clown will be on hand in the kid’s corral in the afternoon to entertain as well.