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By Brian Park

The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association turned back the clock Saturday night during its annual El Presidente Ball at El Adobe de Capistrano.

Guests arrived wearing early California, Western and Spanish attire and were treated to an evening of dinner, dancing, live music by Swing Shift and a silent auction.

The event serves to honor the Fiesta Association’s president, Steve Weekes. Parade Chairman Ben Dixon presented special belt buckles to Weekes, this year’s Swallows Day Parade dignitaries, Deborah and James Valgean, and Grand Marshal Jim Curwood.

At the end of the night, Ladera Ranch residents Gary and Laura Kephart were voted the “Best Dressed” guests.

Two events remain on the Fiesta Association’s calendar of events, leading up to the Swallows Day Parade: the Fiesta Grande on Wednesday, March 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at The Swallow’s Inn and Hoos’gow Day on Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout downtown San Juan Capistrano.

The 56th Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire takes place Saturday, March 22.

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