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Style shines at Fashion Show

MARYSVILLE — Ray Cancio’s runway walk optimized fashion and fun.

Standing among the crowd, the recent Marysville-Pilchuck graduate froze, leaned back and offered his audience a signature pose — the double point.

The crowd responded with a laugh.

“Last year was his first time modeling and participating in the Strawberry Festival, but he made a big impression,” said Shelby Hintz, the 2009 Marysville Strawberry Festival Queen and emcee of the 2010 festival fashion show.

Cancio was one of about 25 local models to strut their stuff during the show, held Wednesday, June 16, at Leifer Manor.

The fashion show featured summer clothing from Banana Republic, Fred Meyer, Gap, Lane Bryant, JC Penny, the Tux Shoppe, Walmart and Seattle Premium Outlets.

Everything from bikinis to dresses, polo shirts to sweater vests were on display.

The more than 20 attendees were not only able to check out the latest fashions — they were also treated to a variety of fruits, vegetables, chicken skewers, deviled eggs and salmon cakes while they enjoyed the show.

Organizers raffled off items donated by Attic Secrets Tearoom, Banana Republic, Curves, Desert Sun Tanning Salon and other vendors.

Strawberry Festival Queen Kaija Wilcox, princesses Ella Stefoglo and Hailey Otto and junior princesses Cassie Coate, Piper Holiday and Cassy Meade were also in attendance.

At one point, one of the models handed Stefoglo a flower while showing off his outfit.

Organizer Kerri Jorgenson said that she was glad that rainy weather did not affect the Strawberry Festival annual event.

“We were a little worried about the rain – it’s been bad for the past couple of weeks,” Jorgenson said. “But it turned out really nice.”

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