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62nd Almond Blossom Festival parade today
ABF bake sale
From left, Pam Duerr, Linda Curtis, Linda Streeter, and Joan Graham of the Ripon Senior Center display some of the baked goods on sale for the weekend.

The annual Bake and Craft Sale at the Ripon Senior Center Friday opened up what appears to be a busy weekend for the 62nd annual Almond Blossom Festival.

The City of Ripon facility at 433 S. Wilma Ave. featured an array of booth consisting plants and craft items – the Ripon Senior Center Crafts & Bake Sale will continue through today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Joan Graham of the senior center said the proceeds from the donated baked goods – for that, she thanked members of the community for their generosity – will go to Friends of the Ripon Senior Center to help fund the various programs and activities.

Since 2005, the bake sale during the Almond Blossom Festival has been one of their big fundraisers.

Included are cookies, cakes, pies, and other dessert items.

The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., will highlight today’s Almond Blossom Festival activities.

Here’s the weekend schedule:

  • Today (Saturday) – Ripon Grange Pancake Breakfast, 6 a.m.-10 a.m., Ripon Grange Hall; American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 190 10th annual Burrito Breakfast, 7 a.m.-12 noon, American Legion Hall; Fun Run, 8:30 a.m. (1 mile), 9 a.m. (8K), Mavis Stouffer Park; Craft & Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ripon Senior Center; Immanuel CRC Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Festival Vendor Booths, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Mistlin Sports Park; Diaper Derby, 10 a.m., Ripon High North Gym; ABF Carnival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Mistlin Sports Park; Community Stage (Sweet Mama Rachel & the Homemade Jam Band from 12 noon-2 p.m.; Arm Wrestling competition from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; Aware from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.), Mistlin Sports Park; Quarterback Club Brats & Drinks, 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Ripon Community Center; Swiss Club Dance (must be 21 and over), 7 p.m., Swiss Club.
  • Sunday – Festival Vendor Booths, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mistlin Sports Park; ABF Carnival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Mistlin Sports Park; Community Stage (Kayla Just, 12 noon-2 p.m., Michael Regalo, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.), Mistlin Sports Park.

For more information, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at 209.599.7519 or email