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Ripon fun heating up for summer

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POSTED May 21, 2014 1:52 a.m.

The City of Ripon is making a strong case for being the community on Thursday evenings that’s the happening place in the summer.

Mayor Chuck Winn, speaking on behalf of the Farmers’ Market Committee at the Ripon City Council meeting, revealed Tuesday that wine-tasting will be a new feature at Stouffer Park.

“Wine-tasting in the Park won’t be in the park but inside (Stouffer Hall) so it won’t conflict with our strict park ordinance,” he said.

That along with a family movie – in this case, Disney’s Frozen scheduled for sundown on June 12 – promises to make this Farmers’ Market unique, according to Winn.

“We will make an effort to extend the time for the family movie,” he said.

The City will continue doing the once-a-month free movie nights at the Mistlin Sports Complex.

Farmers’ Market is scheduled to kickoff on June 5 and, for the exception of July 3, will be held every Thursday through most of the summer. Add the Ripon Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Nights also planned for Thursday evenings in downtown to the mix.

“The Chamber wants to cross publicize both events,” Winn said.

Summer Nights would go from 5 to 8 p.m., consisting of a “controlled area” in downtown Main Street. Plans call for Stockton Avenue to Nourse Street being sectioned off, with tables and chairs coupled with entertainment and vendors selling food and drinks.

The businesses would also stay open later in an effort attract customers.

Farmers Market, meanwhile, is scheduled from 4 to 8 o’clock on those same nights, moving from the downtown location of the previous years to shady, comfy Stouffer Park.

“I know the vendors will like being protected by the sun and the winds. They’ll love the grass area,” said Winn.

So far, he announced 12 vendors as committed and others expressing their interest.

As for the wine-tasting, Winn mentioned at least two wineries aboard on the plans.

“Both are from Ripon,” he said. “Some of the details are still being finalized – but it’s more about logistics.”

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