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Alarcón to Crown Queen

Los Angeles City Councilmember, Richard Alarcón will crown the 51st Watermelon Queen on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30pm. The Royal Court Coronation will feature eight candidates running for Watermelon Prince, Princess, King, and of course… Queen. All the candidates are making their bid for royalty by selling tickets to raise money for their chosen charities.

LA City Controller, Wendy Gruel will also be in attendance as a special guest among other notable figures. The coronation will take place at the main entertainment stage where 15 bands are slated to perform all weekend long. Click here to meet the Royal Court candidates.


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About Councilmember Alarcón

“I’m honored to participate in the crowning of this year’s Watermelon Queen. It’s a wonderful tradition and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcón is a former teacher, community services director, Deputy Mayor for the San Fernando Valley and State Senator. Throughout his years in public service, Councilmember Alarcón has been a tireless champion of Californians who are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.  In his career serving the people of the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Councilmember Alarcón has focused on improving the quality of life for families in the Northeast Valley by improving public health and safety, protecting historic landmarks as well as rural and equestrian areas from unwanted development while working to preserve the environment. Councilmember Alarcón lives in Mission Hills with his wife and daughters.


About City Controller Gruel

“The Watermelon Festival is one of my favorite events every year. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you there.”

Los Angeles City Controller, Wendy Gruel was Sunland Tujunga’s LA City Councilmember for seven years. A San Fernando Valley native, Wendy attended UCLA and gained City Hall experience upon graduation in Mayor Bradley’s office as a liaison to the City Council and various City Departments. She handled public policy issues ranging from the homeless to health issues and child care. Prior to her position as a Councilwoman and City Controller, Wendy worked in Dream Works’ Corporate Affairs Department handling government and community relations for the company.   She currently lives in Studio City with her husband, Dean and eight-year old son, Thomas.