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Chamber gearing up for Oct. 20 event
A Ripon High FFA member helped run the petting zoo at last year’s Ripon Main Street Day.

Ripon Main Street Day — a low-key family-style event that is traditionally the last street fair of the season in the Northern San Joaquin Valley — is set for Saturday, Oct. 20.

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce sponsored event will include a Family Fun Color Run, a breakfast in the Ripon main fire station, the high school and elementary school bands performing, street vendors, and more along Main Street in downtown Ripon.

The pancake breakfast setting is in the open bays of the Ripon Consolidated Fire Department where its engines are usually parked. It will kick off at 7 a.m. hosted by the Ripon volunteer Firemen’s Association and will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, milk juice and coffee at a cost of $8 for adults and $5 for children 7 to 12 in pre-sales.  Children under 6 may eat free.  It is served buffet style by the Ripon Fire Department cadets.

The Ripon Fun Color Run gets underway at 7 a.m. at Ripon High School.  The run is being organized by the Parent Teacher Clubs of the Ripon elementary schools and high schools.  Parent Clubs’ volunteers will be staged along the one-and-a-half-mile route that takes them south on Acacia Avenue  to the Community Center in the 400 block of Fourth Street – with those volunteers tagging runners with paints the colors of the various schools by marking their T-shirts along the way.

Ripon Unified Superintendent Ziggy Robeson is encouraging entire families to run together to demonstrate the unity of student and parents in the community in support of education.   Those wishing to register for the run on line may do so by going to  by Sept. 21.  The early registration and entry fees include a free T-shirt.  The entry fee for students aged 4 to 18 is $15 and adults $20. The run is sponsored by Doctors Hospital of Manteca. 

More than 80 cars are expected to line the 100 block of Main Street and Stockton Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. with check-in and registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. More than 40 cars already registered are coming from as far away as Fresno and the Bay Area with two electric cars promising to be on sight offering free test drives.  

The first 50 cars registered by Oct. 5 will be getting a goodie bag including a free T-shirt, one pancake breakfast ticket, two raffle tickets and a dash plaque.  Raffles will include a 40-inch flat screen TV, a Smart Home basket with a ring video doorbell, Echo dot and four plug package and a 50/50 raffle with ‘50s music played throughout the show activities. 

The Car Show is being hosted by the Ripon Fire Department’s Technical Reserve Unit.  Entries may be made at the Ripon Fire Department office on South Stockton Avenue. 

Vendors’ booths will be lining both sides of Main Street along with food and other items.  There will also be a “Kids’ Area” that will contain a bounce house for the children as well as a petting zoo. 

A Health Fair is being located in the parking lot of Bank of the West in the center of the downtown. 

The vendor booths may be reserved at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce office at 104 S. Stockton Avenue.  Arts and crafts booths are $125 as well as those reserved by active chamber members, political booths are $125 and commercial booths are $175.

Students needing community service hours may also contact the chamber office to be included in the workforce for Main Street Day .

Signed up vendors to date include: Boy Scout Troop 414, Posh by Katie, Sierra Vista Child Family Services, System Pavers, PMZ Real Estate, Save Mart, Gotta Love Kettlecorn, 1st Alliance Energy, Castro’s BBQ Shack, Cutco Cutlery, Jax Kettlecorn, Lockeford Sausage, Ranchview Jerky, Baker Family Chiropractic, Re/Max Executive, Totally Nutz, Jars of Delicious, Signature Homestyles, Dutch Roots Farm, Aloha Lip Gloss and Grace, American Legion Post #190, Tupperware, Taco Fiesta Catering, Mangini Ranch Olive Oil Company, Gold Rush Getaways, Ripon Church of Christ, Steves Mobile Sunscreens, New U Life and Bank of the West. 

The day will conclude at 3 p.m.

To contact Glenn Kahl, email