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Carnival among new attractions for 14th street fair
California Carnival Co. worker Charlie “Tennessee” Martin works on putting the finishing touches on “the Hammer” during the first day of the Crossroads of California Street Fair taking place at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Sunny skies and a nearly sold-out street fair that offers a variety of new attractions including a carnival offers an ideal way to spend a spring day this weekend in downtown Manteca.

Actually the carnival is the only event that isn’t downtown. Instead it is taking place at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley in the Best Buy Parking lot.

The carnival runs today from noon to 10 a.m. as well as 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Discount ride books with 35 tickets for $15 are available today and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Manteca Visitors Center on Grove Street near the roundabout water feature at Orchard Valley. The Visitors Center doubles as the office for the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau which is the organization staging the street fair.

A few vendor spaces left for weekend

The 14th annual Crossroads Street Fair has just a few vendor spaces left for the two-day event that typically attracts 35,000 people over the course of two days.

The Saturday-Sunday event taking place April 10-11 will be along Yosemite Avenue from Library Park to Manteca High. The cost of the booth space is $180 apiece. Information is available by calling 823-7229.

It will include crafters, vendors and food booths as well as non-profits ranging from political organizations to youth football clubs. There also will be new autos, recreational vehicles and “big boy toys” from Delta Power Sports on display both days.
There is a Kids Zone featuring games and rides as well as free entertainment both days.

The Community Emergency Response Team will conduct a safety fair on Saturday and a car show on Sunday. Delta Power Sports will also have numerous sports recreation vehicles to inspect.

Entertainment on Saturday includes the Dakota West band from Lodi at 10 a.m.; Soundchek, from Livermore at 11 a.m.; GK Music presents Facade, Amanda Armstrong, and Brieanne Jansen at 1 p.m.; Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers at 2 p.m.; current Manteca Idol title holder   Shellie Hoyt, current Manteca Junior Idol winner Annie Banks as well as Manteca Idol contestants Brieanne Jansen and Kaylie Dotson at 3 p.m.; singer Jordan Waters at 4:30 p.m.; and  GK Music presents Braata, Ben Tolman, and Chelsea Jordan at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday’s line-up includes Launchpad Away at 10 a.m.; Woody Hawkins at 11 a.m.; GK Music presents Zephyr and Neon Ink at noon; Taberna Martial Arts demo at 1 p.m.; singer Amy Dias at 2 p.m.; GK Music presents Braata, Elle’ Lewis and Brieanne Jansen at 3 p.m.; singer Felicia Zapata at 4 p.m.; and The Core Band of Ripon at 4:30 p.m.

Legion post serving street fair breakfast
The American Legion is serving a breakfast this Saturday at the Legion Hall, 220 E. Yosemite Ave., next to the PG&E office from 5 to 11 a.m.

Breakfast will consist of biscuits and gravy for $3 or eggs, hash brown, biscuits and gravy for $6. Coffee and juice will also be served with breakfast.

The proceeds go towards the Legion’s scholarship fund and helping send incoming high school seniors to Boys State. If you have any questions contact John Aguilar at 823-7980.

Hit the Streets for Hunger 5K on Saturday
Hit the Streets for Hunger is a 5K Walk/Run with 1 mile and 5K courses along the Tidewater Bike Path in Manteca taking place on Saturday, April 10,, in conjunction with the CVB Street Faire.

 This will be the first of what will be an annual event to raise awareness and funds for Second Harvest Food Bank.  This is a family friendly event and all ages are welcome to participate.

Registration forms are available at Second Harvest Food Bank, 704 Industrial Park Drive or the CVB office, 1422 Grove Ave, at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

Entry fees are as follows; Pre-registration $15, day of registration $20, family registration (pre-registration only) $45.  Race-day registration is near Elm and Center streets starting at 7:30 a.m.

Contact Alanna Robins at  239-2019 for more information or to get registered.