GRANGER – The 66th annual Granger Cherry Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 25-27.
The Miss Granger and Little Miss Granger pageants will be staged a week earlier on Friday, April 18, at Granger Middle School at 6 p.m.
There are three young ladies competing for the 2013-14 Miss Granger crown and four girls competing for the honor of holding the Little Miss Granger title.
Vying for the Miss Granger title are Savannah Diaz, Alejandra Isabel Rodriguez and Angelica Sanchez.
Diaz is a junior at Granger High School. She is the daughter of Denise and Lionel Diaz. She has three younger sisters and a little brother. Her hobbies include cooking and baking.
Rodriguez, too, is a junior at Granger High School. She has two brothers and a sister. Her parents are Maria Isabel Arciga and Aquino Rodriguez. She attends the culinary program at YV-Tech, was runner-up in her weight class at the 1A State wrestling tournament and enjoys baking, cooking and spending time with friends and family. She plans to join the military, earn a culinary degree and attend Le Cordon Bleu or the Culinary Arts Institute. She would also like to travel the world.
Sanchez is a senior at Granger High School. She is the daughter of Teresa and Juan Sanchez. She has five sisters and three brothers, one of whom is her fraternal twin. The duo are the youngest in the Sanchez family. Her hobbies include styling hair for others, eating and cooking.
Competing for the Little Miss Granger title are Mercedes Mirelez, Hannah Marie Valenzuela, Mireya Carrasco and Naveah Alegria.
Mirelez, 10, is the daughter of Rose and Jessie Mirelez. She has one sister, Rosie. She is in the fourth grade and has two pets named Princess and Tinkerbell. She enjoys baking with her sister and fashion.
Valenzuela is one of four children. Her parents are Morky Valenzuela and Tania Taylor. The nine-year-old fourth grader also has three pets named Oz, Brownie and Lolita. She enjoys writing, reading, playing games, dancing, drawing and playing with her three siblings, Trenton and Kynli Valenzuela, and Joel Torres.
Carrasco, too, is in the fourth grade. She is 10-years-old and enjoys basketball, cheerleading, dancing and spending time with her family. She is the daughter of Evelin Castro, Israel Carrasco and Miguel Corona. She has three siblings, David Cantu III, Ernesto and Noel Carrasco.
Alegria has four siblings, D.J., Jay, Joe and Sydney. She is the 10-year-old daughter of David Alegria. Her pets are named Nike and Diesel. Her hobbies include dancing, singing, looking at herself in the mirror, reading, drawing and playing with her cousins.
Admission to the pageants is $5. Children under the age of 10 will be admitted free of charge.
There will also be a “Princess for the Day” event, coordinated by Miss Granger Coordinator Jamie Sanchez. She can be contacted for information by calling 643-1615.
During the festival there will be entertainment, carnival rides and concessions at Granger City Park.
Bingo will be set up in the park on Saturday and Sunday, and Radio KDNA will provide the entertainment throughout the festivities.
On Saturday, too, the annual Granger Cherry Festival Parade will be staged at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at Granger Elementary School. Judging begins at 9 a.m.
For parade entry forms, contact Mero Valenzuela at 509-854-1278 or Veronica Bermudez at 840-4641.
Those looking forward to the annual fishing derby need not fear. The derby will take place on Sunday. Registrations begin at 7 a.m. at the Granger pond.
Cash prizes for the biggest and heaviest trout will be $125 for top honors, $75 for the runner-up and a tackle box complete with lures from Yakima Bait Co.