Grand Marshal

Franklin & Linda Silva

Franklin and Linda are lifetime Los Banos residents and have been married for 26 years. They, and their two children, Franklin Jr. and Toni, are long time participants in the Merced County Spring Fair activities and are involved in agriculture on a daily basis.

Franklin attended local schools, was active in 4-H and FFA and graduated from Los Banos High School. His Merced County Spring Fair accomplishments include winning two grand champions with market hogs. After high school, he attended Cal Poly SLO and graduated with a degree in agriculture business management. He farms in the Los Banos area and is known for his BBQ skills.

Linda attended Hilmar schools, was active in 4-H and FFA and graduated from Hilmar High School. She worked in banking for 20 years, worked as a bookkeeper while their children were young and volunteered as a room mother. She was a 4H leader and also served as treasurer for the Ag Boosters. She has attended college on and off and is continuing her education to obtain a BA degree. She is currently a Paraprofessional at Los Banos High School in the Special Services TAP Program.

Franklin and Linda have continued to be active supporters of youth and agriculture in the community. During the fair they are volunteers, attending the livestock shows and junior livestock auction. Franklin is always ready to barbeque for a good cause and Linda loves to bake to help out as well.

Franklin and Linda are also active in their community. They belong to the St. Joseph Church, Alter Society, Los Banos Ag Boosters, OLF Society, ICF, DES, PFSA, and the Luso Society. Franklin belongs to Native Sons, Los Banos Sportsmen’s and several local coffee clubs as well. Linda belongs to Native Daughters, YLI, and the New Bethany Guild.

Franklin and Linda would like to wish all those showing at the fair the best of luck. They are looking forward to the fair and watching all the shows and exhibits. They hope to see everyone come out to the parade and that everybody, young and old, will have a great time!