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18th annual Crossroads Street Faire this weekend

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18th annual Crossroads Street Faire this weekend

Fairgoers crowded Sycamore Avenue during last year’s street fair.

Bulletin file photo/

POSTED April 4, 2014 1:18 a.m.

The Manteca Crossroads Street Faire is set for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Hundreds of vendors  will line Yosemite Avenue and several connecting streets that will be closed to traffic. The free event is being staged by the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Visitor and Convention Bureau CEO Virginia Comacho has been lining up new and returning vendors and booking entertainers for Library Park. There is also a carnival today from 4 to 10 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley shopping center at the 120 Bypass and Union Road.

Comacho said planning takes lots of dedicated volunteers with fundraising and planning expertise.

“It is rated by vendors as one of the best fairs in California where families come for fun, day and night, both at the faire and at the carnival,” she said. 

In addition to music at the fair there will be a car show, a veterans pavilion along with arts and crafts offerings.  

This is the 18th year for the fair that boasts more than 53 percent repeat vendors.

More than 50,000 people are expected to flood Manteca’s downtown streets.  Radio promotions are being aired in the Bay Area and in the Central Valley.  

The fair will be kept clean and safe by the JROTC, Boy Scouts Troop 42, San Joaquin Recycle Corp, and Green Biodiesel of Tracy. The Community Emergency Response Team, Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police and Manteca Police officers will patrol the streets on foot.  

The Manteca Visitors and Convention Bureau was established 16 years ago with its mission to build revenue for Manteca through tourism.

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