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Ripon antique fair Saturday

50 vendors covering four downtown blocks

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Ripon antique fair Saturday

John Mangelos and Janet Dyk worked together in organizing the city’s first street fair devoted to antiques.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin/

POSTED May 30, 2014 12:55 a.m.

Some 50 antique dealers from throughout the Central Valley are closing Ripon’s downtown Saturday for the city’s first ever open-air antique street fair over four blocks from Stockton Avenue to Acacia Avenue. It is expected to draw thousands of shoppers.

Ripon Police First Sergeant Steve Merchant is advising the public to be prepared for street closures in the downtown in preparation of the event and for at least an hour after it closes down in the late afternoon.

The Ripon Historical Society is hosting the event with set-up time set for 6 a.m. with the fair opening at 9 a.m. Parking is being provided at the former site of the Nestles’ Company lot just a block away from the heart of the downtown. The fair will end at 5 p.m.

A shuttle is being provided between the parking area and the vendors’ booths.

Breakfast is going to be available at Ripon eateries on Main Street as well as lunch where special menus have been created for vendors and visitors alike. There will be no vendor food booths to compete with the local restaurants.

The Burgess Baking Company leads the list of eateries offering pie and coffee during the street fair. The Corner Stop Eatery is offering four different sandwiches in addition to Las Casuelas Mexican Restaurant, Pizza Plus, Ripon Road House and Ede’s Tacos.

Vendors are bringing thousands of items to sell at the event from Clovis, Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Oakdale, Escalon, Sonora, Modesto, Manteca and Lathrop. Co-organizer Janet Dyk of Magpie Antiques on First Street will be open during the street fair. Linda’s Antiques located in the ACE Shopping Center will have a booth, however.

The sizes of the individual vendor booths will range from 10 by 10 feet square to 10 by 20 feet long. Mangelos said his committee is hoping to set the booths up beneath the trees in the parking areas on Main Street.

Mangelos, president of the Ripon Historical Society, noted the many items that will be offered for sale in the event will include furniture, old tools, spool cabinets, pottery, vintage collectibles, jewelry and vintage clothing along with antique dolls and Teddy bears.

Any profits will go toward the Ripon Historical Society’s operations and building upkeep that include the Ripon Museum on Main Street, the Military Museum in the old City Hall building at First and Locust streets and the refurbished city jail.

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