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Pageant, Raisin Days highlight a busy September of Dinuba events

Jon Earnest

It’s been a physical drain for all of us to forge our way through this unprecedented September heat wave. We know the weather finally will cool off and we’ll have a traditional transition into autumn. But if you’re standing outside for more than a minute or two in the afternoon, you’d never guess that we’re approaching mid-September.
Still, the calendar doesn’t lie. And this time of the year is a busy one in Dinuba. Two of the city”s biggest annual events — the Miss Dinuba Pageant and the Dinuba Raisin Day Harvest Festival — take place this month.
The Miss Dinuba competition is this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 10, to be exact), and will be in the climate-controlled Dinuba HIgh Theater. Six contestants, all Dinuba High seniors, will compete to represent the city in community and regional organization events during the ensuing 365 days. This year’s contestants are (in alphabetical order) Alexis Gomez, Madilyn Greany, Bethany Moreno, Briana Nava, Katie Ortega and Sydney Vela. Also on hand at the pageant to crown the winner is Alyssa Romero, the current Miss Dinuba. If you wish to attend, see article in this week’s issue for details.
The expected break in triple digit temperatures by the end of this week will be a welcome setup for the annual Raisin Day Harvest Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25, at Rose Ann Vuich Park. This event is the city’s biggest multi-day gathering of the year, and is an event featuring music, food, games, a carnival and many other activities. More details on the event will be published in upcoming issues. You also can get information as it becomes available from the chamber at (559) 591-2707.
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This week’s issue has an article on the upcoming November elections in region cities, and features the various council races taking place. In Sanger, Orange Cove and Parlier, there also are votes to decide those cities’ mayors for the next four years. While Sanger (incumbent Eli Ontiveros and former mayor Frank Gonzalez) and Orange Cove (incumbent Victor Lopez and challenger Diana Guerra) are two-person races, current Parlier Mayor Alma Beltran is being challenged by five people – including two current council members.
All three cities also have contested votes upcoming for council seats. It’s an opportunity for each city’s citizens and eligible voters to set the directions for their communities’ futures. As always, be sure to register and make your voices heard at the ballot box.
Jon Earnest is news-sports editor for The Times.

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