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Almond Blossom Fashion Show set for Feb. 11
The 2010 Almond Blossom Queen candidates who will appear in the Feb.11 fashion show are, from left, Josie Daretta, Chantyl Raylen Vasquez, Sarah Ambrose, Megan Kuhn, Annaliese Ippolito, and Karena Antoinette Stpehens. - photo by HIME ROMERO

RIPON – It’s only a matter of time before the Almond Queen hopefuls get to show their stuff on the runway.

On Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., the six Almond Queen candidates will join a handful of Ripon residents ranging from toddlers to seniors for the annual Ripon Soroptimist Annual Fashion Show at the Ripon School multipurpose room.

Tickets for the event are $10, and can be purchased in advance at Tri-Valley Lending, Oak Valley Bank, Kelley King Insurance Services, and the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

Local business from around Ripon have traditionally been used to loan the clothing the individual models show off the runway. It also showcases small boutique stores like McHenry Village’s Ragamuffin as well as traditional clothing stores like Kenneth’s Fine Menswear on Sisk Road.

Those who attend are treated to coffee and dessert as well as the show.

Proceeds from the event go to help fund a handful of local charities supported by Soroptimist International of Ripon. The organization take a proactive role is staging the annual Miss Almond Blossom Festival every year.

The Almond Blossom Queen Court – consisting Annaliese Ippolito, Megan Kuhn, Joie Darretta, Sarah Ambrose, Chantyl Vasquez, and Karena Stephens – will perform the next task in their month-long series on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Ripon High School at 3:30 p.m. After the fashion show, the candidates will next appear at the annual Commencement Ceremony following the Ripon Lion’s Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 25. The Almond Blossom Festival begins the next day.