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Pumpkin Fair on 40-year roll

Plenty to do Saturday & Sunday in downtown

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POSTED September 30, 2009 2:18 a.m.
The best entertainment bargain this weekend can be found on the streets of downtown Manteca during the silver anniversary of the Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair.

The Saturday and Sunday event that runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days includes free entertainment as well as free kids games plus a tractor show, a car show, vendors, food booths, and kid rides. Admission is free to the event bounded by Main Street, Center Street, and the railroad tracks.

Actually, it is the 40th anniversary of the annual pumpkin party that was originally launched by Manteca Pumpkin Growers and then handed off to the Manteca Jaycees before the Sunrise Kiwanis took over 25 years ago.

The heart of the pumpkin fair are the pumpkin events sponsored by the Manteca Pumpkin Growers at Library Park. There you can select a pumpkin. Kids can also try their hand at pumpkin rolling, pumpkin seed spitting and pie eating to name a few of the free contests.

The Main Stage entertainment between the Manteca Library and Post Office that is sponsored by Budweiser includes Whiskey Hill at noon and Threshold at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday’s Main Stage musical entertainment includes Red Di at noon and Sky Kings at 4 p.m.

The Gazebo/Community Stage in Library Park is sponsored by PG&E.

The Saturday line-up includes:

10:00-10:15 - MUST Fun-Run Awards

10:20-10:40 - Manteca Parks & Rec. Dance Group

10:45-10:55 - Funtastic Gymnastics

11:00-11:25 - Jordan Renfo

11:30-11:55 - Art of Dance

12:00-12:25 - Reggie Ginn/ aka Mary Wells

12:30-12:55 - Cheer Stars

1:00-1:25 - Genett Reed

1:30-1:55 - Amanda Rojas

2:00-2:25 - Boys & Girls Club Karate

2:30-2:55 - Universal Dance

3:00-3:25 - Cheyenne Milligan

3:30-3:55 - Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers

4:00-4:25 - Judi Hoagland

4:30-4:55 - Kirk Randall

5:00-6:00 - Mello Hall Family

The Sunday line-up includes:

11:00-11:25 - Ashley Parker

11:30-11:55 - Manteca PD Canine Show

12:00-12:25 - Stephanie Terrill

12:30-12:55 - Brittany LeLand

1:00-1:25 - Felicia Zapata

1:30-1:55 - Dance Stars

2:00-2:25 - Amanda Gray

2:30-2:55 - Kennedy & Company

3:00-3:25 - Manteca Dancing with the stars

3:30-3:55 - Manteca Youth Focus Title Holders

4:00-4:25 - Lisa Rowe

4:30-4:55 - Mello Hall Family

The tractor show sponsored by the South San Joaquin Irrigation District takes place on Maple Avenue in front of the post office while the car show is on Sunday in the 100 block of East Yosemite.
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