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Tickets now on sale for Almond Blossom dinner
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The Ripon Almond Queen candidates are scheduled to undergo a mini-seminar on etiquette Saturday at the Ripon Library from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
They will be under close scrutiny by judges for the next two months with the selection of the queen at ceremonies at the Ripon Community Center the week prior the annual parade through Ripon.
Ripon Chamber of Commerce President Tamra Spade and contest organizer Laura Roots Spence will work with the seven candidates on how to present themselves in public prior to the annual late Februrary event that brings thousands into the city complete with a parade and carnival.
The educational etiquette training will include how to walk and talk to strangers in the community in presenting themselves.  How to dress and the art of speaking properly as well as the best eating habits will also be on the agenda to make positive impressions on the community members — somewhat of a special finishing school for the candidates.
A part of the young women’s judging between now and the day of the event is to sell raffle tickets in the community that provide a sponsorship for the contest.
The Almond Blossom Court will be presented at a Jan.14 dinner in the Ripon Community Center where they will be presenting their speeches to the kick-off event. Tickets   are set at $35 and may be picked up at the chamber office in the 900 block of Main Street from 9 until 4 daily.

To contact Glenn Kahl, email