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This year’s free movie is 1988 classic ‘Beetlejuice’
This year’s free movie is 1988 classic ‘Beetlejuice’

“Beetlejuice” — a 1988 American horror comedy — is the featured movie for this year’s Pumpkin Fair After Dark.”

The free screening takes place on Saturday, Oct 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., on a 120-inch screen on the Pumpkin Fair Main Stage facing the heavily shaded Wilson Park behind the downtown Post Office. The beer garden and snack bar will be open until 8 p.m.

The story is centered around a recently deceased couple — Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis — who become ghosts haunting their former home. They are joined by Michael Keaton playing an obnoxious, devious poltergeist dubbed Betelgeuse who hails from the Netherworld.

They work together to try and scare away Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones who are the new residents of the home.

A pumpkin carving contest will start the evening off at 6 p.m.

It is all part of the 36th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair taking place Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Manteca.

Pumpkin Fair After Dark was started six year ago as a way for families to enjoy an early autumn evening of entertainment.

Main Stage entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 2, will feature Jeremy Norris, Bad Neighbors, and Agent. The Sunday, Oct. 3, lineup includes Dakota and Johnny, Jim Anderson, as well as Gun Powder & Lane.

There is also a community stage with free entertainment.

The event features vendor and food booth as well as a Kids Zone

There is a tractor show on Oct. 2 with a car show on Oct. 3.

There is a $25 entry fee for the Sunday, Oct. 3, car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is typically the largest car show in Manteca.

Food booths for the two days are $400 for a single booth space, $600 for two booth spaces, and $675 for three booth spaces.

Commercial booths are $270 for a single booth space, $420 for two booth spaces, and $545 for three booth spaces.

Handcrafted arts and crafts are $200 for a single booth space, $270 for two booths, and $375 for three booths.

Non-profit booths are $150 for a single space and $250 for two booths.

The service club has donated more than $1 million to various community groups and non-profits ranging from Scout troops and the Manteca Historical Society to the Boys & Girls Club and HOPE Family shelters from Pumpkin Fair proceeds over the years. It also allows the club to stage an entry-free community Fourth of July parade.

More information on the car show and vendor booths is available by calling (800) 592-7419 option 4 or going online to

The website has downloadable entry forms for vendors and the car show among other information.

This year’s edition of the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis event is being presented in conjunction with Frontier.

Other major sponsors are Mountain Valley Express as well as Perry & Sons.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email