Bulletin staff report
Manteca is turning 100 years old as a city and the community is celebrating.
A celebration marking Manteca’s centennial of cityhood — it was incorporated on May 28, 1918 — is taking place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Manteca.
It is being preceded at 10 a.m. by the Manteca Mural Society’s dedication of the “Zero Hour” mural commissioned to honor those who served in World War I. It takes place in the Manteca Bedquarters parking lot at Yosemite Avenue and Main Street. It is the fifth and final mural that’s part of the veterans’ project. The other murals in place honor those who have served on World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terror.
Yosemite Avenue will be closed from Main Street to the railroad tracks. Also closed will be Manteca Avenue and the 100 block of Sycamore Avenue and the southern end of the 100 block of Maple Avenue.
The includes kiddie carnival rides, free entertainment, old-fashioned carnival game booths, a corn hole tournament, giant slides, bounce houses, disc jockey music, and “train rides”.
Static displays will include a car and hot rod show, police vehicles, city water truck, fire engines, classic farm machinery, a recycling truck, and a Manteca Transit bus.
Free birthday cake will be served.
Popcorn, cotton candy, and hot dogs will also be available.
Game tickets (that are red) are 10 cents apiece while food and drink tickets (that are gold) are 25 cents each. A $5 family pack includes 30 red tickets and eight golf tickets.
Mayor Steve DeBrum will kick off the event marking the city’s centennial with a welcome address at 11 a.m. at the stage at Maple Avenue and Yosemite Avenue.
One of the main attractions could end up being the dunk tank. Those sitting on the perch in the dunk tank will be:
11 to 11:15 a.m., comic Chris Teicheira
11:30 to 11:45 a.m., San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti
Noon to 12:15 p.m., Councilman Richard Silverman
12:30 to 12:45 p.m., City Manager Tim Ogden
1 to 1:15 p.m., Councilman Gary Singh
1:30 to 1:45 p.m., Manteca Planning Commission member Jose Nuno
1:45 to 2 p.m., an East Union High coach
2 to 2:15 p.m., retired Fire Captain Dave Breitenbucher
2:15 to 2:30 p.m., retired police chief and Manteca Rotary President Nick Obligacion
2:45 to 3 p.m., Sunrise Kiwanis President Scott Heath
Entertainment stage events are:
11:30 a.m., Zumba Kids performance
Noon, the first watermelon eating contest
12:30 p.m., Hula hoop performance by Mary Saunders
1 p.m., the second watermelon eating contest
1:30 p.m., “Bubble Guy” bubble show
2 p.m., the third watermelon eating contest
2:30 p.m., disc jockey songs, games, and dancing