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Pumpkin Fair may switch its location
Dennis Wyatt
Dennis Wyatt

The Manteca Pumpkin Fair could be moving.

The Sunrise Kiwanis are exploring possible options that would allow the street fair portion of the event that takes place during the first weekend of October to be conducted in the same location as the carnival. In recent years the street fair and entertainment have been downtown and the associated carnival at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley near JC Penney.

The service club will mull options when they meet today.

The goal is to have a combined event that the past shows does better than it being split at two different locations. It should be noted that just because options are being looked at the venues may not change with this year or in future years.

One possibility being explored is to combine the Pumpkin Fair and carnival at the Big League Dreams sports complex. 

Since the Sunrise Kiwanis took over the Pumpkin Fair from the now defunct Manteca Jaycees 35 years ago it has been at numerous locations. Among them the vacant parcel on North Main Street across from Casino Real, the Oakwood Lake Resort that was part of the Manteca Waterslides and the former Manteca Rodeo Grounds that has since been replaced by the Bass Pro Shops. It also spent one year at Dell’Osso Farms when the fall attraction was in its infancy.

The event has become a strong — and important — Manteca tradition. Not only does it attract roughly 40,000 people a year over the two days of the street fair but to date it has allowed the Kiwanis to raise $1 million they have used to support community-based efforts ranging from youth groups to non-profits providing a variety of services.

New Ripon Domino’s

Pizza has a twist

The new Domino’s Pizza that opened in Ripon this week has a somewhat different take.

While Domino’s is known for its deliver as well as the ability to stop by the store to pick up an order, the Ripon location has a drive thru pick up window for added convenience.

The store is at 1290 West Colony Road on the southeast quadrant of the Jack Tone Road and Highway 99 interchange.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday as well as 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email