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Four Manteca celebrities dancing for bragging rights
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• WHAT: 26th annual Manteca Pumpkin Fair
• WHERE: Downtown Manteca
• WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, & Sunday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

So, who is the better dancer – Manteca Ford owner Phil Waterford, council member Debby Moorhead, Superintendent of County Schools Mick Founts, or Councilman Vince Hernandez?

You can find out during the 26th annual Manteca Pumpkin Fair when the Sunrise Kiwanis presents the second annual Dancing with the Manteca Stars competition on the main stage. It takes place at 3:30 p.m. the second day of the downtown festival on Sunday. Oct. 3.

The competition last year drew the biggest crowd of all the main stage entertainment.

“People just like watching people who can’t dance,” said Harmony Flores. She’s the Dance & Cheers Stars studio owner that is coordinating the event.

Manteca celebrities have been teamed with dancer instructors. They are currently practicing routines that will be judged on Oct. 3.

The dance partners are Founts and Flores, Moorhead and Jodi Scarborough, Hernandez and Brianna Poraszinski, and Waterford and Lisa Quaresma.

The Pumpkin Fair takes place Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct., 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are 180 vendors so far.

A commercial vendor booth for the two-day street fair that includes free entertainment is $250 while arts and crafts booths are $180. Non-profit fundraising booths are $150 and non-profit information only booths are $75. Vendor applications are available at the Manteca Visitors Center on Grove Street near the roundabout with a fountain at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley or by calling 823-7229.

Pre-sale carnival tickets now on sale
One of the major fundraisers for the event is the carnival that takes place starting Wednesday, Sept. 29, and goes through Sunday, Oct, 3, next to JC Penney at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

The club makes its money off advance ticket sales that are now available until Sept. 28 at the Visitors Center on Grove Street near the fountain in the Orchard Valley complex, Golden Valley Credit Union across from Verizon on Center Street and Road Runner Glass in the 200 block of North Main Street.

Discount books of 30 tickets for $15 are available.

The two-day event typically draws nearly 40,000 people downtown.

For more information on vendor booths or the various activities go to