Pageantry: A Park Fete Sta­ple

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A new Miss Escalon is due to be crowned this evening, with 13 young women seek­ing the ti­tle.

The Miss Escalon Pageant is sched­uled for 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, July 12 at the Escalon Com­mu­nity Cen­ter with a theme of ‘Won­der­land’ and will see all vy­ing for the crown and schol­ar­ship money.

Can­di­dates this year in­clude Emily McPher­rin, Ta­tiana Martinez, Amanda Rick­man, Mary Adams, Court­ney Ney, Syd­ney Moeller, An­abelle Shafter, Lily Franks, Karsyn Beck­ham, Mon­ica Bri­ones-Chavar­ria, Grace Stime, Madi­son Kim­ble and Kait­lyn Mat­sunami.

The pageant fea­tures a lit­tle bit of mu­sic, danc­ing, a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, and more, with a panel of judges cast­ing bal­lots based on a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing prior in­ter­views with the can­di­dates.

The newly crowned Miss Escalon will rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity dur­ing the com­ing year at a num­ber of events through­out the re­gion.

On Thurs­day, July 13, sev­eral lo­cal young­sters will look to earn the ti­tle of Lit­tle Miss or Lit­tle Mr. Escalon. That pageant also is sched­uled at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter with a 6 p.m. start time.

Lit­tle Miss hope­fuls are Emily Govia, Jo­ce­lyn Avila, Jo­ce­lynne Sisk, Kalee Bai­ley Do­nis, Kirsten Yater, Sofia Lozano, Sophia Bella Bar­boza, and Za­niah Grif­fin. In the run­ning for Lit­tle Mr. Escalon are Frank Borba, Ivan Men­dez, Ivan Plas­cen­cia, Jo­sue Plas­cen­cia, Max Vil­lanueva, Caleb Kay, and Mad­dix Leal. Win­ners will serve as city am­bas­sadors for the com­ing year as well, join­ing Miss Escalon in that role.

Mean­while, the 2017 Se­nior Mr. and Mrs. Escalon, Al and Eva Bellinger, were feted at a Tues­day lun­cheon in their honor, July 11, at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Friends, fam­ily, city of­fi­cials and a num­ber of dig­ni­taries turned out for the fes­tiv­i­ties. The cou­ple moved to Escalon in 1971 and still live in the house they orig­i­nally moved to all those years ago. The two have been in­volved in the com­mu­nity in a num­ber of ca­pac­i­ties over the years, in­clud­ing Lit­tle League base­ball, youth wrestling, the Escalon Recre­ation Com­mis­sion, Sports Boost­ers and more. Al served as an EMT with Escalon Com­mu­nity Am­bu­lance and Eva also vol­un­teered at the

Dent El­e­men­tary school li­brary, in ad­di­tion to work­ing with the lo­cal YLI bou­tique. Al is also ac­tive with the lo­cal Amer­i­can Le­gion post, and is a Navy vet­eran.

The 2017 roy­alty and all mem­bers of their courts will ride in the Park Fete pa­rade on Satur­day morn­ing.

The pageants are just one por­tion of the fes­tive Park Fete cel­e­bra­tion; more in­for­ma­tion on the spe­cial events can be found in this week’s is­sue on pages A4 and A5.

PHOTO BY HUD­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Can­di­dates for Miss Escalon 2017 in­clude, back row from left, Emily McPher­rin, Ta­tiana Martinez, Amanda Rick­man, Mary Adams, Court­ney Ney, Syd­ney Moeller and An­abelle Shafter. Front row from left, Lily Franks, Karsyn Beck­ham, Mon­ica Bri­ones-Chavar­ria, Grace Stime, Madi­son Kim­ble and Kait­lyn Mat­sunami.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Al and Eva Bellinger were all smiles as they en­joyed a lun­cheon in their honor as the 2017 Se­nior Mr. and Mrs. Escalon, the Tues­day event part of the on­go­ing Park Fete week fes­tiv­i­ties.

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