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Almond Blossom fashion show set for Ripon center

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POSTED January 18, 2018 1:23 a.m.

February is around the corner and almond blossoms will once again be in fashion.
And so will the five candidates for the 56th annual Ripon Almond Blossom Festival who will serve as models for the celebration’s annual fashion show on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Ripon Community Center.
The theme for the fashion show as well as the festival taking place Feb. 23, 24 and 25 is “Once Upon a Time” in honor of the Ripon Historical Society.
Tickets for the fashion show are limited. Those wishing to attend are urged to purchase them early at the Chamber of Commerce office at 104 South Stockton Avenue. The chamber is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ticket costs are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens 55 and above. 
The five candidates for Almond Blossom queen along with the current Miss Ripon Jessica Harlan will be modeling two outfits each – one business and one casual. They also will wear their evening gowns that will be worn at the coronation event on Thursday, Feb. 22. Laura Roots Spence is the queen contest coordinator.
The princesses are Saylor De Abreu, Savanna Mendoza, Kate Phelps, Elysia medina and Gianna Smith.
The girls’ hair and makeup are being prepped by a professional stylist and the outfits are coming from stores in Modesto.
The candidates were all presented at Spring Creek Country Club last Thursday at the kick-off dinner where they addressed to 85 guests.   
The princesses selling raffle tickets for the festival.  They are urged to sell 1,000 tickets each as part of their preliminary duties in reaching for the coveted crown. They will also be introduced at an upcoming noon luncheon of the Ripon Rotary Club at Spring Creek Country Club.
The money derived from the ticket sales will go toward an educational scholarship for the princess who is chosen as the new Almond Blossom Queen and will serve after the festival ends as Miss Ripon 2018.
Prior to the coronation in the smaller of the two Community Center halls, the Ripon Lions Club will again serve a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. with a choice of wines in the main hall.  
For further information on the fashion show and the festival call the chamber office at 599-7519 and speak with Rose Murphy or Lindsay Fields.  Tamra Spade is the chamber’s president. 

To contact Glenn Kahl, email gkahl@mantecabulletin.com.

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