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New Royalty Being Crowned For City’s Park Fete
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A pair of pageants will see titles presented to a new Miss Escalon and the Little Miss and Little Mr. Escalon, with those selected having their first official duty –riding in the Park Fete parade – on Saturday.

The annual Park Fete celebration for the city is scheduled on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13.

Candidates for Miss Escalon this year are, in alphabetical order, Ariel Astabie, Madison Bavaro, Mya Beary, Natalie Cortes, Sage Davis, Katie Karp, Ashley Levin, Lupita Martinez, Trista Matthews and Alex Titsworth.

The Miss Escalon Pageant is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 6 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center.

Little Miss and Mr. Escalon contestants will take the stage at the Community Center on Thursday, July 11 and vie for the right to be the city’s youngest ambassadors.

Candidates, in alphabetical order, include Rylan Adams, Brooklyn Barajas, Gwendolyn Buie, Alyssa Casillas, Karisma Cruz, Janessa DaSilva, Sophia Enes, Benjamin Fernandes, Zaniah Griffin, Cora Jefferson, Duke Junqueiro, Abraham Lopez Jr., Madalynn Parson, Cole Soares, Kennedy Van Dyk, Kirsten Yater.

Vendor booths and the kids’ amusement area open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12 with festivities continuing on Saturday at 9 a.m., the parade at 11 a.m. and entertainment on stage both days.

Also there’s the Park Fete Run, the police department’s cornhole tournament, a horseshoe tournament, stick horse races for kids, the fun play area for youngsters with arts and crafts, plus an appearance by Ravioli the clown on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Escalon Historical Society will host its annual Park Fete drawing, featuring a painting by a local artist. This year, the painting “Peace” done by Corrie Vanderhelm-Davis, depicting Lake Vernon in the Sierras, will be raffled off. Tickets are available for $5 each and can be purchased at the Escalon Museum on Main Street during business hours or by calling 209-838-7176. The drawing will be held at the museum at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 during the city’s Park Fete celebration. The winner need not be present to win. The painting is a 23-by-33 oil on canvas.