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Sunny Skies Beckon Families To Harvest On Main
Decorate Pumpkin
Several tables in the city’s Main Street Park were jammed with youngsters and their parents on Sunday, working on decorating pumpkins with a wide variety of items to make them colorful and unique. - photo by MARG JACKSON
Escalon Historical Society President Dave Russell helped oversee the popcorn machine Sunday at Harvest on Main, offering the hot, fresh popcorn to attendees. - photo by MARG JACKSON
Todd and Cindy Sgamba of Escalon had their 1929 Model A Ford decorated for the occasion, bringing this vehicle and another one to the Harvest on Main celebrated Sunday, Oct. 2. - photo by MARG JACKSON

The weather was nearly picture perfect, with bright, sunny skies and a cool breeze wafting through the park downtown to make it a comfortable day for attendees at Sunday’s Harvest on Main event.

Open to all in the community, the Chamber of Commerce organized the Oct. 2 festivities, getting everyone into a Halloween mood.

Winners of the annual costume contest are as follows, with names spelled as provided by the Chamber.

Ages 0-4: Blaine Bennett, first place; Florence Perez, second; Jordan Miller, third; Logan Gisler, scariest.

Ages 5-9: Weston Merritt, first place; Maci Bennett, second; Zade Robinson, third; Skylar Walak, scariest.

Ages 10 and up: Jocelyn Avilla, first place; Mary Balance, second; Blake, third; Jocelyn Avilla, scariest.

The Car Decorating Contest winner was Randy Schmidt.

“The Chamber is so excited for the turn out this year at Harvest on Main,” noted Chamber spokesperson Jessica Wylie. “Van Groningen donated over 120 pumpkins to the event. Our event Sponsor was Deverie Voral, Realtor. Deverie donated her time and supplies for the decorating and carving of the pumpkins. The Library also hosted a fall themed craft during the event.”

Officials said the turnout was high, as there were only a handful of pumpkins left that weren’t carved up or decorated during the Sunday festivities, again thanking the Manteca-based Van Groningen and Sons for the donation of the pumpkins.

The historic Main Street caboose was eerily decorated and held a few scary surprises for those touring the caboose, there was freshly popped popcorn provided by the Escalon Historical Society, several classic cars were decorated in the Halloween theme and the face painting booth set up by Sonya Huff had a steady stream of customers.

“The highlight is always the Costume Contest and Car Decorating Contest,” added Wylie. “We are so thankful for all who came out and supported this event. We are hoping to make it even better next year.”

You can see additional photos of the Harvest on Main, taken by the Chamber of Commerce, posted on their Facebook page. Visit