DELANO RAMBLINGS: Queen of the Harvest Festivals, crowned king | Delano’s record


Gurnoor Bhatti was crowned Queen of the 76th Annual Delano Harvest Holidays Celebration and Morrison Dobere as King of the first-ever scholarship program featuring senior boys as well as senior girls.

A crowd of around 200 watched the program in the Delano High auditorium on September 25.

The new queen, daughter of Harjit and Ranbir Bhatti and sponsored by the Soroptimist Club of Delano, won a $ 1,000 scholarship from Max Bacerra of Pacificus IV Company. Dobere won $ 1,000 presented by Victor Lopez of Topper’s Tuxedos and Wedding Services.

In total, approximately $ 5,000 in scholarships were funded by businesses, organizations and individuals. This total will increase because at the end of the night it was revealed that YK America and Montemayor Farms would see that all 12 participants would receive at least a $ 100 scholarship.

For the girls, who are all seniors at Cesar E. Chavez High School except KarmenDee Rodriguez of Delano High, the first finalist earning $ 500 was Aubrey Ruanto and the second winner $ 400 was Hannah Villaruz. Karanbir Sunner was the first finalist in the boys’ category and won $ 500.

Dobere for the boys and Tiffani Mata for the girls won Irene Strickland Talent Awards and $ 200 each. The Scholastic Achievement awards of $ 300 went to Bhatti for girls and Sunner for boys.

The $ 200 interview prize was won by Dobere for the boys and Ms. Mata for the girls.

Julio Gutierrez, a Wonderful Prep Academy student with the other boys at Cesar Chavez High School, won the Mr. Congeniality $ 100 award. The most photogenic plaque-winning award went to Kayla Zuniga for the girls and Efren Quinones for the boys.

The other participants in the show were Katherine Cardenas and Avery Herrera.

Delano native and show host Dan Madriaga told the crowd that “this show shows how many talented and smart young people we have in the community.”

Judging standards were 25 percent each for pre-show academic assessment and a 10-minute interview with the panel of five judges. Talent was 20% and self-expression on stage, formal wear and stage presence were 15% each.

Participants along with Grand Marshals Stuart and Joan Collins will appear and help at the annual Grand Marshal / Queen / King BBQ on Saturday, October 9 at the First Assembly of God Church between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. committee and fee are $ 15 in advance or $ 20 at the barbecue.

A 3 pm “caravan” through Delano on October 9 will crown the festival program.

Harvest President Claribel Gutierrez encouraged the entire community to dress west for the week of October 4-9.


Delano City Council, at its September 20 meeting, discussed a letter from the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation on the $ 80,000 Immigrant Legal Defense Fund proposed by Juan Diego Hernandez and presented to council by the Mayor Bryan Osorio.

The council approved a $ 300 hiring bonus program for police officers. At least one council member pointed to the city’s difficulty in recruiting new officers when competing with higher-paying law enforcement agencies.

City Council also approved an agreement with QK Inc. for on-call planning and surveying services and the award of a contract for the “Dispatch Console Furniture Update” to Russbassett in the amount of $ 104,325.72.

A city resolution declaring the properties a public nuisance under city code 7.32 Property maintenance was also approved by city council.


The Harvest Holidays Association of Delano has received a major boost with large donations from Wonderful Company and Clinica Sierra Vista, Harvest President Claribel Gutierrez announced.

The Harvest Festival Tiny Tots and Queen / King scholarship programs took place on September 18 and 25, respectively.


Nine members of the Future Farmers of America chapter of Delano High School engage in animal sales at the Kern County Fair.

Ernesto Marcial, adviser to the FFA section, said the animals were to be transported for the fair on September 22.

The sheep and goat staging event took place on September 26, with pigs on September 27 and the auction on September 30 for pigs and October 1 for goats and lambs.

Chapter members Aimy Bravo and Sophia Lira showed lambs and Jonathan Cervantes showed a goat.

The pigs were Andrea Negrete, Jennifer Nunez, Julissa Hernandez, Yasmen Heredia and Grace and Linday Elliott.


The S Club of Delano High School, a service organization, participated in the Harvest Holidays Tiny Tots event on September 18.

Mariana Garcia is adviser to the group, whose officers are Joséelle Talabong, president; Alejandro Mata, vice-president; Madelaine Juan, secretary; Rica Marie Ballesteros, treasurer; and Alessandra Hernando, representative of the student body.


The Delano Lions Club voted to reduce the number of meetings from two to one per month. The club will add a few more special meetings if needed.

Members were informed at the September 20 meeting that members can attend the MD4 convention in San Diego on February 21, 2022. November 9 is the date for a party for new members.

Members discussed the need to attend the Kern County Fair to show their support for the event.

Zana Chaney pitched an idea for a pearl-tipped noodle sale. The event will be discussed in more detail at the November club meeting.

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