We are proud to announce that this year the Grand Marshall for the Merced County Spring Fair is Antone Giannone!!
This appointment is long overdue. Antone is a silent giver and has spent most of his adult life helping others. Most of the time you never hear that he was behind the kindness as that is just not his style. However we are here to blow the lid off of that and let everyone know just how wonderful this man is.
He was born and raised in Los Banos. His parents, Dominic and Anita Giannone, raised their son to be a hard worker, a kind sole, and someone who thinks of others often times before himself. Antone himself showed pigs in the fair from about 10 years old until he was 17 years old. He was a member of the OLF 4-H Club and the Los Banos FFA. After high school he and his father started D&A Farms in 1976. They together grew cotton, alfalfa and almonds. That farming still goes on today. Their home ranch is still located on Badger Flat road where his dad was born.
He is married to Whitney and they have 2 children, Jordan and Annalina. Some of the many organizations he is a member of are:
- Madonna Del Carmen
- Native Sons
- AG Boosters
So many of the drive thru dinners in town to benefit one organization or another are headed up by Antone. He also cooks for many dinner dances and other events to help everyone out. Some of those organizations are:
- Ag Boosters Dinner Dance and Drive Thru
- Cooks and donates the kick off dinner for the Heritage Foundation since it’s conception
- In the early 90’s started the 4H breakfast fundraiser
- Cancer Survivor Breakfast
- Bauldi Calda Feed
- Ken Anderson Golf Tournament
- Native Sons Corn Beef and Cabbage drive thru