PARK FETE PRE­VIEW

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOS BY MARG JACK­SON

Or­ga­niz­ers say “It wouldn’t be sum­mer in Escalon with­out Park Fete” and that will hold true this week, as the com­mu­nity’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion takes place.

Festivities are scat­tered through­out the week with some pre-event pageants and a recog­ni­tion lun­cheon, but the two-day down­town cel­e­bra­tion runs Fri­day, July 13 and Satur­day, July 14.

Prior to that, the Se­nior Mr. and Mrs. Escalon are feted; this year’s hon­orees are John and Mary­lyn Salvin, rec­og­nized in a Tues­day, July 10 lun­cheon. The new Miss Escalon will be crowned at a pageant on Wed­nes­day night, July 11 and the Lit­tle Miss and Mr. Escalon pageant is Thurs­day, July 12.

For the Park Fete festivities, staged in and around the down­town Main Street Park, the fun be­gins on Fri­day, July 13 at 4 p.m. when ven­dor booths open and the car­ni­val, with rides, games and treats for kids, opens at 6 p.m.

The Escalon Po­lice De­part­ment is host­ing its fourth an­nual Corn­hole Tour­na­ment on Fri­day evening; limit of 42 teams and you can reg­is­ter from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. that night at a cost of $30 per team if spots are still avail­able.

En­ter­tain­ment is fea­tured on the Main Street Stage through­out the week­end, with mu­sic from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fri­day and then a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances through­out the day and evening on Satur­day.

On Satur­day, July 14, at­ten­dees can start the day by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Escalon Park Fete Run – sign up at Run­signup.com or reg­is­ter that morn­ing start­ing at 6:30 a.m.

The 10k race takes off at 7:15 a.m.; the two-mile event leaves at 7:30 a.m. and the start­ing line for both races is at El Por­tal Mid­dle School on First Street.

Break­fast will be served at the Ma­sonic Hall, 1500 Vik­ing St., start­ing at 7 a.m. with a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren.

Down­town, festivities be­gin with the pop­u­lar re­turn­ing stick horse races for kids from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in front of the Kid’s Cor­ral on Main Street. The stick horses are pro­vided and there are prizes in each of three age groups, start­ing with the youngest 5-year-olds on up to 13-year-olds.

The car­ni­val and kid’s cor­ral open at 10 a.m., along with the ven­dor booths and sign-ups for the chalk art con­test also be­gin at 10 a.m., at the Escalon Cham­ber booth. The con­test it­self starts at 2 p.m. and en­tries must be com­pleted by 3 p.m. with three dif­fer­ent age groups avail­able. A pet­ting zoo runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Park Fete pa­rade be­gins at 11 a.m. with Grand Mar­shal Gary Haskin, a long­time lo­cal res­i­dent, for­mer City Coun­cil mem­ber and mayor and a Lion’s Club mem­ber, be­ing hon­ored for his many con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

Sign-ups for the horse­shoe tour­na­ment start at 11 a.m., with a cost of $30 per team for the dou­ble elim­i­na­tion event; the com­pe­ti­tion starts at noon.

A wide va­ri­ety of food booths will be open both Fri­day and Satur­day, with a cen­tral­ized tent for seat­ing, and other booths will fea­ture mer­chan­dise and in­for­ma­tion.

En­ter­tain­ment on stage Satur­day starts at 11:45 a.m. and con­tin­ues through­out the day, wrap­ping up with the fi­nale from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., clos­ing out the Park Fete festivities.

RIGHT: Young­sters can en­joy a va­ri­ety of car­ni­val rides and games on Fri­day evening and all day Satur­day at the Escalon Park Fete cel­e­bra­tion.

Escalon’s Amer­i­can Le­gion Colorguard al­ways leads off the an­nual Park Fete pa­rade, sched­uled this year for Satur­day, July 14 at 11 a.m.

LEFT: A young Park Fete run­ner fin­ishes up last year’s race by ex­chang­ing high fives with a group of run­ners that came in ahead of him and helped wel­come him across the fin­ish line. The 10k and two-mile runs are sched­uled for Satur­day morn­ing, July 14.

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