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Everything from carving to cooking at Pumpkin Fair

There are still a few vendor booth spaces left for next weekend's Manteca Pumpkin Fair.

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POSTED September 27, 2009 2:48 a.m.
Manteca’s best pumpkin desert makers and pumpkin carvers are competing at next weekend’s 25th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair.

The contests are part of a street fair complete with free entertainment that is expected to draw up to 30,000 people to downtown Manteca. There will also be a scarecrow contest for Manteca Unified students, a tractor show, and free kids’ pumpkin games including a pumpkin seed spitting contest, plus a pumpkin roll and more.

The pumpkin carving contest takes place on Saturday, Oct, 3, at 1 p.m. at the Kids Zone at Library Park. You have to pre-carve your pumpkin as no knives, scissors, or any kind of carving tool is allowed at the Pumpkin Fair and will be confiscated.

The categories are scariest, silliest, and most original. The carved pumpkins will be kept on display throughout the fair. Prizes will be awarded.

The pumpkin baking/cooking dessert contest is Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. There are four categories – pies, cookies, cake and other. Bring copies of your recipes as they will be included in a future Pumpkin Fair recipe book. There will be prizes.

The money raised for Manteca non-profits is impressive. The Manteca Pumpkin Fair has allowed the Sunrise Kiwanis to pump $511,267 into non-profit organizations since 1984. That doesn’t include what a number of local non-profits raise with their booths that sell everything from pumpkin pie to raffle tickets right alongside the commercial as well as art and craft vendors. The marquee charities benefitting from the Pumpkin Fair this year are the Raymus House/HOPE Family Shelter, Every 15 Minutes, and Manna Ministries.

A component of the fair that isn’t high profile but has a huge impact is the Special Access Day that allows mentally handicapped adults to enjoy dancing, food and other entertainment will also take place again this year at Dell’Osso Farms. Special Access Day attracts over 1,000 participants from throughout the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

The Kiwanis are adding a “Dance with the Stars” contest, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, as well as offering a limited supply of 25th anniversary wine glasses and 25th anniversary T-shirts for sale. There also will be a scarecrow contest and a pumpkin recipe contest.
The car show this year will feature 13 categories and has a $25 entry fee.

You can go to the website or call the hotline at 1-800-592-7419 for vendor booth information, scarecrow contest entry or car show applications.
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