Mostly for some fun and a year’s worth of bragging rights, there were a number of competitive events hosted during the weekend Park Fete in Escalon, Aug. 6 and 7.
First up was the popular Escalon Police Department-sponsored Corn Hole Tournament, which this year featured 39 teams.
Playing several rounds during the evening, the competition was slowly whittled down until just the winners remained: taking the title and some prizes this year were Coniak Khuth and Abel Lora. Escalon Police Chief Rob Lackey was on hand to present the winners with their award.
The Park Fete 10k and Two-Mile Fun Run were staged early Saturday morning, starting at El Portal Middle School on First Street.
“With a shorter planning window and some smoky air, the event was smaller than usual. However, those who attended were very supportive and seemed to really enjoy the chance to race again,” said first year organizer Michael Bower, cross country coach for Escalon High School. “Several runners spoke to me about how they have been looking to race again after an injury or to check off a bucket list item. I am proud to be a part of providing them this opportunity.”
Taking top honors in the 10k were Mason Oliveira from Oakdale in 41:41 for the men’s division; Amy Cepe from Escalon in the women’s division at 1:01:58 and Frankie Rodriguez of Escalon in the Under 14 division, 1:00:43.
In the two-mile, winners were Carl Aufdermaur of Escalon in the men’s division, 16:58; Lisa McDonald of Escalon in the women’s division, 17:55; and Under 14 division winner was Maddix Leal, 10, of Escalon in 17:04.
“I look forward to continuing to help coordinate this race in the future. I am thankful for everyone’s patience and all of the help from adult and student volunteers,” Bower added. “I want to give special shout outs to the Escalon High School Cheerleaders that came out to support the runners and the Escalon Track coaches who all served pivotal roles in making the event possible. Finally, thank you to Escalon Lions club for choosing to sponsor the event. I am hopeful next year will become an even better event.”
In the afternoon Horseshoe Tournament, organized by Nate Nash, the winning team was the tandem of Frank Perez and Joe Escobedo with runner-up honors going to Charlie Dial and Mike Buie. Ten teams were entered this year.