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Theresa Wesner/For the Optic
Fiestas de Las Vegas Reina Melina Mercedes Baca, right, and Fiestas Princesa Victoria Valdez enjoy the Reina Dance on Friday evening at El Rialto Patio. Prior to the dance, the fiestas royalty was crowned during a Fiestas Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.
Fiestas royalty crowned

In one of the most anticipated events of the year, Melina Mercedes Baca, 17, was crowned queen of the Fiestas de Las Vegas, Friday.

Her coronation was at a Fiestas Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Her court includes Princesa Victoria Valdez, and Damas Amber Lynn Gonzales, Sonia Castillo and Gabriella Andrea Tafoya.

New this year is senior citizen royalty, in which Manuel Chavez and Alice Moberg were selected.