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Pumpkin Fair rolls into downtown Manteca Oct. 5-6 for 35th run
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The biggest pumpkin bash in the Central Valley — the 35th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair — is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6.

The event takes place both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Manteca. It typically draws more than 40,000 attendees.

Vendor booth space is still available. Prices based on one booth space are $450 for food vendors, $$320 for commercial or information booths, $250 for arts and crafts booths and $200 for non-profit booths. Discounts are available for multiple booth spaces tied to the same vendor. Forms and information can be found at

The Sunrise Kiwanis has selected the three main organizations that will receive funds from the 2016 Pumpkin Fair proceeds —  the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, HOPE Ministries, and Friends of the Manteca Library.

This year the fair will feature a pumpkin carving contest on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Carved and decorated pumpkins brought to the Pumpkin Fair After Dark Event in the beer garden at Wilson Park will be judged for most creative and most traditional with the winners earning $50 gift cards. 

This year’s free Pumpkin Fair After Dark features the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” It takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. The snack bar and beer garden will be open until 8 p.m. that evening.

The car show is Sunday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 100 block of North Main Street. The entry fee is $25. Information and entry forms can also be found on the website.

There will also be free entertainment on the Main Stage and the Community Stage.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email