Delano Ramblings by Gary Girard, presented by DelanoNow

Oct. 19, 2023

By Gary Girard, DelanoNow Columnist

An appreciative crowd viewed the 78th annual Delano Harvest  Holidays Grand Parade Saturday, Oct. 7, that featured 43 entries taking the Main Street route to 14th Avenue and then turning east to cross Cecil Avenue to advance to Cecil Avenue Park where vendors and entertaining individuals and groups were present until the evening.

       Harvest directors, who cleaned the Cecil Avenue Park area until after 8 p.m. Saturday night, will soon be meeting to review the 2023 activities and begin planning for the 2024 fall events.

        Delano 4-H on a float won the overall Sweepstakes event.   Janie Cole, 4-H advisor for at least 18 years, told the Grand Marshal/Royal Court gathering at Saturday’s evening barbecue that she and what is currently just a handful of others are interested in reviving the Junior Livestock Show which

has not taken place since the start of the pandemic.   The death of longtime livestock show president Jim Regan shocked those involved in the event at which local high school FFA and 4-H members traditionally took part.  Now Mrs. Cole hopes to gather a core of past helpers joined by “new blood” to revive the show next fall.

         Before the Grand Parade and barbecue event, Mrs. Cole and two other youth boosters approached the Harvest Holidays board and said they wished to help directors in any way they could with the hopes that the junior livestock show could become part of the festival weekend and a reality again in 2024.

         In the middle school bands division, Almond Tree Middle School nabbed first place, followed by bands from Cecil Avenue and La Vina middle schools.   In the marching groups division, the entry of Delano High cheerleaders, student body officers, and football players gained first place, followed by Robert F. Kennedy High School and Cesar E. Chavez High School.

       In the youth groups division, the Flutophones, organized by Arnold Morrison, earned first place, followed by the Delano Stallions and the Almond Tree cheerleaders.  In addition to Sweepstakes, the Delano 4-H Ag group won in the float division, followed by Delano Little League and the Friends of Manuel Perez who was the parade Grand Marshal.   Haz Trk won the car club division…..

        The Rev. David Vivas reminded me that the annual Thanksgiving luncheon, to be held Thursday, Nov. 23, at Tony’s Firehouse Grill will be served from 9 a.m. to noon that day.   There is a limit of four takeout meals per vehicle.   Anthony Martinez furnishes all the turkeys with numerous local groups handling the stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, string beans, rolls, water and all other items connected with the luncheon.   About 100 volunteers assists on Thanksgiving morning…..

         At the Harvest barbecue I rudely interrupted mayor Joe Alindajao speaking with a friend, but I needed for sure to get information on the upcoming Saturday, Nov. 4, second annual Hometown Heroes Veterans Day parade.  The event is a week before the actual Veterans Day so that organizations and individuals that have participated in the day’s events in other communities will be able to take part in Delano.

        The Mayor reported that Roger Gadiano will be the Grand Marshal.   Gadiano, a Delano High School graduate, was a scout leader in the military while taking part with United States forces in the Viet Nam war.

         Alindajao also alerted me that a Veterans Day breakfast will be served free to all veterans from 7 to 9 a.m. at Delano’s El Rey

Restaurant.   There is limited space, he said, so the vets are requested to be present early.   Others who wish to enjoy the breakfast

may do so for a $6.99 fee for the breakfast buffet…..

          A dozen members of Delano Elks Lodge will join to prepare the Sponsors Night Oct. 18 meal at the lodge, serving a menu of pork spareribs, mostaccioli, sauerkraut, salad, and roll.   Others interested in being sponsors should call the office at 725-8523 for more information.    Elks bingo in October is planned the evenings of Oct. 12 and Oct. 26.

         The Elks on Oct. 15 will be serving a veterans breakfast…..

         Delano High School’s annual Homecoming welcomed the Wasco Tigers to Gene Beck Stadium on Friday, Oct. 13.

In addition to announcement of the royalty court, athletic director Albino Duran said that many graduating classes have reported to him that they plan to attend the game as part of their reunion.   Classes which may attend are those of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983,

1993, and 2003.   Art Armendariz, a member of the Delano Joint Union High School District board of trustees and a longtime

community leader, is a 1968 graduate and has been selected as Grand Marshal for the evening.

           Duran said he has told those who contacted him that they may sit in the group of tables in the area near the scoreboard or

in the middle section of the Delano High side of the field.   Because of incidents the past two years, Delano has never played Wasco in a football game since Delano joined the South Sequoia League.  The last meeting was a 35-7 Wasco non-league win in 2019…..

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