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Merchant is clowning around during street fair

Sparkles and Ravioli show off where they'll be entertaining guests at the upcoming Crossroads of California Street Fair this weekend.


POSTED April 3, 2009 5:29 a.m.
When Vinnie Bhan learned that they were extending the length of the Crossroads of California Street Fair east to Fremont Avenue, he knew he had to do something special.

It has been a matter of weeks since he opened up his Ironstone Deli and started taking walk-up orders from customers at the deli located at the corner of Yosemite Avenue and Lincoln Street.

And it’s been less than a year since his Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company franchise has been winning over the hearts of Manteca residents young and old alike.

So to pay back the residents that have taken a liking to his investment in Downtown Manteca, Bhan has decided to do a little something different when it comes to participating in what has been a 13-year tradition.

He’s going to clown around.

From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Bhan will have the team of Sparkles and Ravioli to entertain the children that will make their way down Yosemite Avenue – doing everything from twisting balloon animals to painting faces.

Magic is also expected to be in the works.

“I love being a part of this community as a resident and as a business owner, and I thought that this would be the perfect chance to put a smile on the face of kids who come out here with their parents,” Bhan said. “The Street Fair has always been a family event, and this is something that families will be able to enjoy.”

For a good portion of the afternoon on both days, Sparkles (also known as Terry Donaldson) and Ravioli (also known as Denis Martinez) will be hovering around Bhan’s business at 303 E. Yosemite Avenue to greet passers-by and entertain those who come up for a balloon animal or a magic trick.
Thanks to the extension, even more families will be able to hit the spot as they pass up and down Manteca’s main commercial corridor browsing the vendors that range from local craftsmen to out-of-town travelers who make it a point to hit the majority of the outdoor summer street fairs.

For Sparkles, events like this are all about the children.

“When you see their face light up, then everything that you’ve done up and until that point is worth it,” she said. “It’s an experience that they’re not going to forget, and that’s something that’s special.”
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