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Scarecrow contest part of Manteca Pumpkin Fair
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The Sunrise Kiwanis are looking for youth groups and individuals who want to try their hand at creating scarecrows for this year’s Manteca Pumpkin fair, Oct. 2-3, in downtown Manteca.

Or perhaps your forte is doing creative things with pumpkins whether it is carving scary or silly faces or creating anything edible with the orange fruit.

The deadline to enter the scrarecrow, pumpkin carving and baking/cooking contests is Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.

No carving can take place at the Pumpkin Fair. Pre-carved pumpkins must be taken to the Country Corner in Library Park by 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. Judging will take place at 1 p.m. The categories are silliest, scariest, and original. Prizes will be awarded.

Completed desserts in the categories of pies, cookies, cakes, and “other delectable delights” must be turned in by 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Library Park.

If you provide a recipe it will be included in a future Pumpkin Fair recipe book.

There are no entry fees.

The Manteca Pumpkin Fair takes place Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days in downtown Manteca. The Pumpkin Fair carnival starts on Wednesday, Sept. 29, near JC Penney in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley at the Highway 120 Bypass and Union Road.

Discount carnival tickets are available in advance at a cost of $15 for 30 tickets. They are on sale at the Manteca Visitors Center on Grove Street near the fountain at Orchard Valley, Road Runner Glass in the 200 block of North Main Street, and Golden Valley Credit Union on Center Street across from Verizon.

For more information on the contests call Carol Davis at 824-5600.