LARC NEWS Posted: 10/31/2022 12:11:04 AM

JULIO URIAS BASEBALL CARD TOPS COSTUME CONTEST AT LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE;

EVENT BENEFITED BASEBALL DIVISION FOR KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

      Noah Salazar, a 5-year-old from Norwalk, brought a Julio Urías baseball card to life, on the way to winning the 2022 Halloween Costume Contest at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday night.

      Salazar said the LA Dodgers star is his favorite player, so it was an easy choice for him when it came to choosing a Halloween costume.

     “He’s a Dodgers fan,” said Noah’s dad, Junior Salazar. “The baseball card was his mom’s idea.”

     The costume had all the details familiar to card collectors. The front of the card had a nice, clean look, while the back of the card featured a variety of baseeball stats.

     “It’s an actual card with the picture,” Junior Salazar said. “We made it, we glossed it up and everything. It was a team effort.”

     Noah already knows what he’d like to do with his winnings.

     “He wants to go to Las Vegas and see the Jabbawockeez show,” his father added.

      The costume was voted the best of the night in a contest with approximately 200 total participants. Los Alamitos Race Course. Held for the 25th time, but first since 2019, the  Los Alamitos Race Course Costume Contest is one of the biggest in North Orange County. Noah Salazar’s cash prizes totaled $700. The young baseball fan won $200 for winning his division and an additional $500 as the Grand Prize winner.

      The event benefited the Champions Division of Cypress Pony League. The Champions Division is open to children and young adults ages 4 and up with any type of disability. The Los Alamitos Race Course Halloween Carnival raised $2,500 through the sale of carnival game tickets. That figure was matched by Ed Allred, owner of Los Alamitos Race Course, bringing the total to $5,000 for the Champions Division. 

       The Los Alamitos Halloween Costume Contest featured seven different aged divisions. Each divisional winner advanced to the grand finale. In addition to Salazar winning the 5 & 6-year-old division, other winners included Adelyn Garcia as Raggedy Ann in the 2 and under division; Maria Zavela of Lynwood as a Fairy Queen in the 3-4 year old division;  Sebastian Rizzo as a Baseball Bobblehead in the 7-8 division; Cody Kellogg as an Avid Reader in the 9-12 division; Brian Higghins of Long Beach as Wizard of Oz characher in the 13-15 division; and Wendy Uribe of Pacoima as The Exorcist in the 16 & up division.

        Photos and videos of the event can be seen on the track’s social media pages on Twitter and Instagram @losalracing. For more information on the event call 714-820-2690.  

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