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Pumpkin Fair today, Sunday in downtown
Consumers from Central Valley Training Center pose in the festive cutout during Friday’s 24th annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair Special Access day conducted at Dell’Osso Farms. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin
The frost isn’t on the pumpkin yet and the day time highs are still hitting the upper 80s and lower 90s.

It’s a typical first weekend in October for weather meaning it’s time to roll out the fruit that made Manteca famous - pumpkins.

The Manteca Pumpkin Fair opens today at 10 a.m. in downtown and goes to 6 p.m. It’s the same hours for Sunday. The carnival opens both days at noon and closes at 10 p.m. at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley between JC Penney and Best Busy at the Highway 120 Bypass and Union Road.

It’s the 41st annual Pumpkin Fair but the 26th under the tutelage of the Sunrise Kiwanis.

More than 180 vendors will be selling everything from toe rings to Lockeford Sausage during the two-day downtown event.

The free Kids Zone sponsored by South San Joaquin Irrigation District under the stately sycamore trees at Library Park is open both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can watch kids search for the perfect pumpkin, try their luck at rolling one of the orange fruits, see how far they can spit a pumpkin seed and find out just how much fun it is to go wild and try to win a pumpkin pie eating contest.

There are also kids’ rides that you can buy tickets for on Manteca Avenue.

And if you’d like to enjoy some wholesome entertainment presented by your neighbors and kids, stop by the community stage. You’ll find it in Library Park sponsored by PG&E.

It features everything from a zumba dance exercise demonstration from the folks at In Shape, singers, dancers, karate and gymnastic demonstrations, scarecrow and pumpkin carving contest, police canine demonstration, and even a dance competition featuring local celebrities.

Just across the way at the Main Stage at Manteca and Sycamore avenues is the featured entertainment. It includes the Lelan Cain Band today 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 the versatile dance band 209 All-Stars from 3 to 5 p.m.

You can enjoy the bands as wall from the nearby beer garden in shady Wilson Park that’s located directly behind the Post Office.

There’s a car show as well on Sunday in the 100 and 200 blocks of East Yosemite Avenue.