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Ripon Main Street Day takes place this Saturday

Ripon Animal Control Officer Liz Forks holds two of her charges that she hopes will go to good families at Saturday’s Main Street Day from the city’s dog and cat booth.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED October 19, 2012 12:56 a.m.

RIPON — Saturday in downtown Ripon is a special annual event for the local gentry – It’s Main Street Day.

For the 28th consecutive year Main Street Day will bring friends together amidst a collection of 70 vendors, a pancake breakfast at the fire house and a classic car show on the eastern edge of the downtown. It has traditionally been the final street fair each year in the 209.

The Ripon Fire Department Explorers kick off the day with their pancake breakfast held in the open bays of the fire department’s headquarters on South Stockton Avenue starting at 6:30 a.m.  It will continue for late risers until 10 a.m.

A petting zoo, arts and crafts, food booths, a children’s bounce house and a health fair with a long slate of medical providers including Ripon’s Urgent Care will add to the attractiveness of the one day festival.  The car show is sponsored by Modesto’s American Chevrolet and Les Schwab Tires. It is now in its tenth year.

Among the booths will be city council hopefuls as well as representatives for the county and state political races now underway.  There is also a dog treat booth that has been on Main Street year after year – treats baked in a home kitchen in Ripon.

The Ripon International Rotary Club and its student Interact high school group are going to be showing off an “iron lung” used in the ‘50s and ‘60s that allowed polio victims to breathe after being stricken by the dread disease.

The World Health Organization recently credited the Rotary Clubs around the world with  stamping out polio in the Third World Countries.  Rotary began its world-wide push against polio in the late 1970s.

Ripon Animal Control officers are expected to offer a number of dogs and cats for adoption at reduced rates for good homes.  As always the Ripon Police Volunteers (VIPS) are planning to greet members of the public, explaining their duties and hoping to enlist new members to their operation.

The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are also expected to be on hand along with the Ripon High School JROTC cadets.  The Ripon Chamber of Commerce event is expected to wind down at 3 p.m.

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