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By Brian Park

Dressed in boots, cowboy hats and Western attire, the Fiesta Association, along with nearly 200 other guests, celebrated in style during the El Presidente Ball on Saturday at El Adobe de Capistrano.

The annual dinner/dance event typically occurs the week before the Swallows Day Parade and is held in honor of the Fiesta Association’s president of the board. President Steve Weekes was honored for his work as the head of the organization, but when asked to speak, he instead deferred credit to other board members and volunteers.

“Instead of the El Presidente Ball, this should be called the Fiesta Ball,” Weekes said. “It’s all of you who make this happen.”

Cindy Cardin, chairperson of the El Presidente Ball, said around 194 people showed up for the event, including Mayor John Taylor, city councilmen Roy Byrnes and Larry Kramer and City Manager Karen Brust.

Beverly Blake, from the Camino Real Playhouse, walked away with the “Best Dressed Woman” award while John “Fish” Fischle, last year’s Señor San Juan, won the “Best Dressed Man” award.

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