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Party Saturday downtown to mark Manteca’s 100th anniversary

Manteca’s 100-year birthday bash is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Manteca.

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.

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.

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 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