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Main Stage offers free entertainment at fair
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• WHAT: 26th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair
• WHERE: Downtown Manteca
• WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, & Sunday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Home grown entertainment is part of the offering Saturday and Sunday during the 26th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair in downtown.

The community stage offers everything from up and coming singers and dancers to youth groups performing martial arts and gymnastics. The Main Stage features regional bands that have met with success including a few locals.

There is no charge for any entertainment or access to the street fair itself.

Among the Main Stage acts of the 209 All Stars band that was voted Best of Manteca this year.

The 209 All Stars bill themselves as “the region’s most diverse variety band” that can perform dancing music from over a dozen genres.

They will perform a mix of modern and classic when they perform on the Main Stage at Manteca and Sycamore avenues near Wilson Park on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

The 209 All Stars was formed in 2008 by Tim Helbling who is also known among his fans as Funky Tim.

Helbling is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. The band also includes guitarist Justin Jones, bassist Brandon Michael, sax player Rudy Edcajeda, and drummer Jim Ayala.

For more information about the 209 All Stars, or to hear a sample of some of their music, visit Helbling’s website at

Saturday’s Main Stage entertainment includes the Lelan Cain Band from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Threshold offering funk as well as R&B from 4 to 6 p.m.

Then on Sunday the beat changes with Mario Flores providing Latin jazz from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by 209 All-Stars from 3 to 5 p.m.