Grand Marshal

Anthony & Diane Neves

Fair time memories are dear to the hearts of this year's May Day Parade grand marshals Anthony and Diane Neves.

This Los Banos couple has deep roots in western Merced County and agriculture and are long time volunteers and supporters of the Merced County Spring Fair and the community. They will lead the traditional May Day Parade through town on May 4th.

Anthony Neves is a native of Los Banos and a lifelong farmer who also served on the San Luis Canal Company Board of Directors for many years.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed our local fair, watching our children show their projects, attending the special events including the tractor pulls. The fair is also a great event for socializing with family and friends while enjoying all the traditional fair food, especially the cinnamon rolls and heart attack sandwiches. I am encouraging everyone in the community to come out and attend the fair. You will have a great time!"

Diane Neves is a native of Gustine and has been married to Anthony for 43 years. Their children are Chris and Alexis Neves, parents of granddaughters Jessica and Becca and Mike and Mary Ann Charters, parents of grandson Jack.

"I have many memories at the fair as a parent watching my children exhibit projects and as a volunteer, working with so many creative and wonderful people. Get out your calendars and pencil in 'fair fun' for May 1-5 and experience a jewel of a fair right in your own back yard. You will be happy you did."

Diane is well known for her long time support of the fair, volunteering in the exhibit department and serving on the board of directors.  She helped fund raise for Valley Children's Hospital La Caridad Guild for many years and currently serves on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). These trained volunteers are advocates for abused and neglected children in the Merced County foster care system.

Both Anthony and Diane are members of the fair’s Heritage Foundation.

"As members we understand the need to continue on with the tradition that began in 1890 by Henry Miller. We know educating our young exhibitors and Merced County fairgoers about the importance of agriculture in our lives is what our fair is all about."

"We want to thank Merced County Spring Fair board of directors and Ron Brandt for honoring us with this beautiful experience, an experience we will never forget."

Fair manager Ron Brandt said Diane and Anthony Neves have been incredible supporters of the fair and strong advocates for agriculture and the community. Diane volunteered for years as a fair director designing and creating fair exhibits and displays in the  Art and Flower and Exhibit building. In addition to being a farmer and leader for agriculture and water Anthony is our unofficial fair food quality control supervisor and cinnamon roll delivery person. This year's Fair will be both fun and entertaining. We look forward to having Diane and Anthony as our Grand Marshals.