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Weather Washes Out Christmas On Main
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For the first time in anyone's memory, Escalon's 'Christmas on Main' has fallen victim to the weather.

The second of three predicted storms making its presence felt in the Central Valley throughout the day on Friday prompted organizers to reevaluate plans for the Saturday fest. Traditionally, music began at midafternoon on the Main Street stage, with vendors open for business and the holiday light parade at 5:30 p.m., followed by the appearance of Santa.

"We really went back and forth, back and forth," Escalon Chamber of Commerce President Pat Brown said of the eventual decision to cancel the event. "People were beginning to call and say if it was raining, they wouldn't be coming."

Friday saw a deluge for the region and National Weather Service forecasters were predicting a continued washout for the foreseeable future, with showers and intermittent periods of heavy rain continuing all day Saturday and on in to Sunday.

Brown said the fact that many Escalon residents were planning to attend the Saturday afternoon Section championship football game in Stockton also impacted the decision, not wanting those people to rush back in the inclement weather to attend.

"At this point, it's canceled," Brown explained. "We thought about just postponing it until next week (Dec. 8) but that's Winter Formal (for the school) and the logistics just got too confusing, plus many of your vendors are already scheduled out elsewhere."

Officials are hoping to set a date to bring Santa Claus to the Main Street Park to visit with youngsters and pose for photos, and Brown said they will announce that date soon if they are able to re-schedule it.