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Dance contest part of upcoming Pumpkin Fair

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POSTED September 28, 2009 12:57 a.m.

So just who is more suave of a dancer - Manteca Councilman Steve DeBrum or Commons at Union Ranch (Premier Care)  Chief Executive Officer Don Peterson?

You can find out during the upcoming Manteca Pumpkin Fair in downtown Manteca Saturday and Sunday as the Sunrise Kiwanis roll out their version of Dancing With the Stars. It is part of a number of new offerings this year at the street fair festival that runs each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Altogether there are six couples competing before judges and the fair crowd. The dance contest takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Community/Gazebo Stage in Library Park.

DeBrum will be cutting the rug with partner Kayla Robert while Peterson is paired with ex-Raiderette Harmony Flores.

Also competing are the combo of Manteca Firefighter/Engineer Sterrie McLeod and his partner Stephanie Rebeiro who has performed a unique tap dancing country blend of “Cotton Eyed Joe” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Raiderette Jonni Rogers is teaming up with John Cardoza – a Boys & Girls Club staff member and former Manteca High basketball player – to dance as well.

The annual ode to pumpkins includes a street fair complete with free entertainment that is expected to draw up to 30,000 people to downtown Manteca. There will be a scarecrow contest for Manteca Unified students, a tractor show, and free kids pumpkin games such as a pumpkin seed spitting contest plus a pumpkin rolling competition.

A fun run and car show are also in the works as is another community mural painting.

Vendor booth space is still available for the Pumpkin Fair taking place in the downtown triangle bounded by Main Street, Center Street and the railroad.

$400 prize for
finding Spunky


The Sunrise Kiwanis are celebrating their 25th year of running the Manteca Pumpkin Fair by giving away a prize worth more than $400.
All you have to do is find where Spunky Pumpkin – the Pumpkin Fair mascot – is hiding.

The final clue will appear in the Sunrise Kiwanis ad in this Saturday’s Manteca Bulletin.

Whoever finds Spunky the Pumpkin and turns it into the Main Stage by Saturday at 2:30 p.m. will receive an Arthur Court pumpkin bowl donated by Tipton’s Stationary & Gifts as well as an events package with tickets to several various events during the year that has a value of more than $400.

The Pumpkin Fair includes a fun run on Saturday, free entertainment, vendors selling everything from food and crafts to various items, a car show, a tractor show, various contents, kids games and rides, as well as a number of contests.

Among the grounds changes this year include mixing the food vendors with the other booths. The community stage has been combined with the gazebo stage opening up South Maple for a tractor show.

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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