• WHAT: 27th annual Sunrise Kiwanis downtown Manteca Pumpkin Fair
• WHEN: Today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• WHERE: Downtown Manteca
• ADMISSION: Free
Pumpkins and a smashing good time go hand-in-hand as the 27th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair opens today in downtown.
That means North Main Street and Yosemite Avenue through downtown will be blocked through Sunday until at least 6 p.m. Traffic is being detoured down Oak Street, Center Street, Fremont Street, and Oak Street.
Hours to the free event are today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are nearly 200 vendors offering everything from food and craft to toys and information.
There are two entertainment stages.
On the Pumpkin Fair Budweiser Main Stage today the band Better Left Said as well as Ronnie & PJ will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by Wilson Park behind the Post Office. Rock of the Ages follows from 1 to 3 p.m. with Jim Anderson doing his Elvis Presley show ending the day from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Better Left Said opens up the Main Stage on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. followed by Juke Box Heroes at 12:30 p.m. and then the Motor Dude Zydeco at 3:30 p.m.
The PG&E Community Stage at the new gazebo in Library Park features community entertainment ranging from singers and dancers to cheer squads and karate demonstrations.
Free pumpkin games for kids are offered at Library Park throughout both days. They range from pumpkin seed spitting and pie eating contests to pumpkin rolling. Pumpkins also wil be available for purchase.
There is a trailer display as well as a tractor show both days with a car show planned for Sunday.
The carnival is underway next to Best Buy in the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley off the 120 Bypass at Union Road today and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.