'Saved by the Bell' actor to arrive in Winchester May 5 for parade
By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Mario Lopez has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
Tom Scully, festival president, made the announcement at a Thursday morning press conference at the National Fruit Product Company in Winchester. The company was also named as this year's sponsor for the grand marshal.
Lopez, 38, is best known for his role as A.C. Slater on "Saved By the Bell," a high-school television series that aired from 1989 to 1993. Since then, Lopez has hosted a nationally syndicated daily show, "Extra," and MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew." He's also had appearances in other TV series such as "Nip/Tuck", "George Lopez" and "Robot Chicken," and several movies, including "Get Him to the Greek" and "Honey 2."
Scully said that Lopez will be arriving in Winchester the morning of May 5 and will partake in the Grand Feature Parade as well as the usual activities that follow. He will not be present for any Friday or Sunday events.
Scully added that scheduling is still a little loose.
"There's a rather good, long list of people we'd always like to have, and he's been on that list for some time, and this year he's graciously available," Scully said of Lopez.
"He's an exciting star, he's current ... oh and someone said 'good-looking', so that helps too."
Lopez also will do a public service announcement for the festival's website about being the grand marshal.
"He's really excited because he's wanted do this, and this year it's going to work out," Scully said. "We're just tickled pink and green."