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Miss Florida International, Kelsey Craft, Crowned Miss International 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Miss Florida International, Kelsey Craft, 26, of Dunedin, Fla. was crowned Miss International 2017, Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Annual Miss International Pageant held in its new home of Charleston, W.Va.  The three-hour event took place at The Clay Center, featuring nearly 50 contestants from around the world competing in four categories, including interview, fitness-wear, fun fashion and evening gown.  

The International Pageants system promotes community service with an emphasis on each contestant's competition score based on knowledge of and work with her platform.  Throughout her reign, Craft will promote the importance of healthy living through her work with the Blue Zones Project®.  The Blue Zones Project helps transform communities in the U.S. into areas where the healthy choice is easy and people live longer with a high quality of life.


Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival at the Visalia Convention Center

VISALIA - Just 7 days away! Join us for the inaugural Visalia Convention Center Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival at the Visalia Convention Center on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The Boots, Brews and Bacon Festival is a beer tasting festival designed to build the appreciation of craft brew all while listening to live music and enjoying what else, bacon! The festival will take place indoors in the nicely air conditioned building on July 29 and will feature craft beers, both from local distributers and breweries and local restaurants sampling their best bacon bites for you to taste.

In addition to crafts, domestics and imports, root beer provided by the A&W Root Beer Float Mobile will be available for sampling. Perhaps you can try your first stout beer- ice cream mini float. Wine provided by Cacciatore Fine Wines will be available for sampling, for those attendees who wish for even more variety than already available. A $1,000 CASH PRIZE and a frying pan with bacon trophy to display will be awarded to the restaurant for the best bacon bite as voted by the attendees.  

Madera Fair Free Concert Line Up

MADERA - Madera Fair is “Your Fair since 1937!”  For 80 years now, Madera Fair remains to be a county hub for agricultural display and education in addition to providing fun, family entertainment to cap the summer.  This year, the fun family entertainment will not be in short supply as Madera Fair announces for the first time, an ALL FREE festival concert venue!  With paid gate admission guests can enjoy the entertainment at Madera Fair’s Table Mountain Concert Series presented by Tecate Light all four nights of the Fair.

Thursday, September 7th, the concert series kicks-off with Gary Allan delivering his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and a raucous live performance at 7:30 pm.  The concert “Celebration” continues Friday, September 8th at 8:00 pm with the bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements of Kool and the Gang, who’ve performed continuously for the past 43 years.  

Billy Joel Goes Track by Track with Beatles Albums on SiriusXM

NEW YORK SiriusXM announced today that Billy Joel will host various guest DJ sessions on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel that will feature Joel commenting on songs from every one of The Beatles' original U.S. studio albums.

While sitting at the piano playing snippets of classic Beatles songs, Joel will reflect on every American Beatles LP. The guest DJ sessions will be scheduled in chronological order, starting with 1964's Meet The Beatles. On the first installment, Billy will share his memories of first discovering The Beatles and play cuts from their first two U.S. Capitol released albums.

2017 Madera District Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook is Now Available!

MADERA - Madera District Fair has been “Your Fair since 1937!” This year the fair celebrates its deep history in the community and the time honored tradition of exhibiting at the Madera District Fair.

Once again, all ages and skills are invited to make their mark on Fair history by entering one or more of the unique competitions! Everything from crafts and cows, to flowers and food; there is something for everyone. 

Fresno Food Expo Features 28 Innovative New Products as Part of Awards Program

FRESNO - The 2017 Fresno Food Expo is excited to debut 28 innovative new products, varietals and packaging concepts that were entered into the New Product Awards from 26 different Central California businesses. Now in its fifth year, the New Product Awards, presented by Baker Peterson Franklin CPA, LLP, have become a strategic opportunity for participating businesses to launch new products in front of buyers, securing product placement in stores, restaurants and foodservice distribution channels, plus get immediate test consumer marketplace feedback.

To date more than 160 new products have been entered into the Fresno Food Expo New Product Awards. This year’s products range from cold brew coffee milk and handcrafted vodka to sour strawberry-flavored golden raisins and almond butter.

Hana Gin & Kenny G Partner on Great Sax and Smooth Gin

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Hana Gin, the award-winning artisan spirit handcrafted by a master distiller on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, and Kenny G, the legendary, world-renowned saxophonist have joined forced and announced a partnership which will make Kenny G a co-owner of the Hana Gin brand.

“We are so pleased to collaborate with Kenny G for Hana Gin – the partnership and concept was such a natural fit,” said Nicholas Chen, VP Marketing & Sales and Chief of Staff of Hana Gin. “We look forward to building on our partnership by introducing our special Kenny G cocktail series to the legendary national and international jazz venues on Kenny’s current tour.”


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