Crowning of Miss May Day queen kicks off season

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comApril 1, 2013 

Cassandra Camacho hopes to see everyone at the Merced County Spring Fair.

The 18-year-old Pacheco High School senior was crowned Miss May Day on Saturday at the annual pageant at the Los Banos Fairgrounds.

"It's the one event that brings the whole community together," Camacho said of the fair during the speech portion of the competition. "I can already picture myself being on top of the Ferris wheel just taking in the lights."

Camacho, who volunteers at New Bethany Residential Care and Skilled Nursing, wants to major in nursing. However, before she gets qualified to help the sick, Camacho will be the salutatorian of Pacheco High's first graduating class.

Camacho's two competitors will complete the Miss May Day court. First and second runners-up were Dominique Alvarez, 16, a junior at Pacheco High, and 17-year-old Gustine High School senior Ashley Souza, respectively.

For a second year, the pageant included the pink rose competition, in which contestants purchased their outfits from thrift stores. Other portions included evening gown, Western wear and impromptu questioning. Contestants also had a luncheon/interview session with the judges before the stage competitions started.

Between pageant segments, Tiffany's Center of Performing Arts had a slew of dances to buffer the separate portions of the competition.

Outgoing Miss May Day Mattea Clarke took on hosting duties for the pageant.

Before crowning Camacho, Clarke said the year she spent as Miss May Day was memorable.

"I've never been so busy in my life. I'm proud to say I will always be a part of the (Merced County Spring) Fair," Clarke said.

The Miss May Day court was not allowed to comment after the competition, and will make its first official appearance at the Merced County Spring Fair kick-off dinner April 13. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and dancing at 8:30. Tickets are $25, and available at the fair office, 403 F St.

The Merced County Spring Fair begins May 1.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by email at

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by email at

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