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Taste of Ripon set for Dec. 3

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POSTED November 15, 2009 2:33 a.m.
RIPON – For more than a decade the annual ‘Taste of Ripon’ has given residents the chance to mingle with downtown merchants in a friendly and festive environment.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, Riponites will again get the chance to hit their favorite spots along the downtown commercial core as the Ripon Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event for the 14th straight year from 6 to 9 p.m.

McManis Family Vineyards will once again be donating the wine glasses that those who participate will be able to take home as souvenirs.

“It’s one of those events where the merchants get a chance to talk to the people in the community in a different environment, and it’s something that people look forward to every year,” Ripon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dorothy Booth said. “It’s a good thing for the merchants, and it allows people to get to know them in a different light.”

The chamber will once again be sponsoring a shuttle bus provided by the City of Ripon to transport guests from one end of Main Street to the other.

The heart of downtown often draws the largest crowds with people overflowing out of places like the Medeiros Family Barber Shop that is famous for making a massive assortment of Jell-O shots for their guests. The list of participants stretches all the way up to Schemper’s ACE Hardware.

The $25 tickets gets each person a souvenir wine glass and allows them to traverse the various businesses that each put out their own respective spread on their own dime.

“Both Re/Max and Ability Mortgage are popular stops along the route, and we have a few new businesses on the list this year like the Ripon Roadhouse, The Tank House Gift Shoppe, and the Kindergarten Boutique – all of which are looking forward to the event,” Booth said. “It’s something that couples enjoy coming out and doing together, and it’s something that groups also enjoy doing.

“Just having people downtown is a good thing for the businesses.”

The $25 tickets are available for advance purchase at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, located at 929 W. Main Street. All guests must be 21 years of age. For more information, call 599-7519.

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