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Street fair adds Friday kickoff event
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The biggest spring shindig in South San Joaquin County is getting bigger.
The Manteca Crossroads Street Faire that racks up 50,000 visitors during its two-day street fair in downtown and at the four-day carnival at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley is adding a third event — a Friday Night Kickoff Party.
It takes place this Friday, April 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Library Park.
And it is designed to provide those attending with a different vibe than they’d usually expect at a Library Park gathering.
The biggest departure is the food. The Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau has secured a number of food trucks featuring everything from Greek and Mexican to BBQ to provide dining options.
Performances on the Gazebo Stage will include the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra Woodwind Quartet and harpist, the Sierra High Jazz Ensemble, and the Manteca High cheer squad.
There will be pony rides available for the younger set.
Manteca Grocery Outlet is also sponsoring a wine and craft beer tasting event. The cost for that is $10 per ticket.
The street fair carnival starts its four-day run on Thursday at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley anchored by Bass Pro Shops at Union Road and the 120 Bypass. The hours are 4 to 11 p.m.
The actual street fair in the downtown triangle bounded by Main Street, Center Street and the railroad tracks is Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Besides nearly 300 vendors there is a farmers market this year as well as a wine and beer garden.
Among the vendors will be a Raiders Nation fan booth. There will be a chance to win signed Oakland Raider memorabilia.
Saturday’s entertainment will feature Mike Torres Jr. Band, Rhema Band, and Nico Blues. Club 40 is the Sunday entertainment.
There is a motorcycle show on Saturday and a car show on Sunday.