Pump­kin Fair will top $1M in dona­tions for non-prof­its

Ripon Bulletin - - Local/state -

The Pump­kin Fair is more than just a Man­teca tra­di­tion that takes place the first full week­end ev­ery year in Oc­to­ber.

It has helped make the Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis — the ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion that stages the event — the most gen­er­ous sup­porter of non-prof­its in Man­teca. The event it­self is also the sin­gle largest col­lec­tive fundraiser for non-prof­its as well.

The Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis have used ven­dor fee pro­ceeds to do­nate over $650,000 over the years. Non-prof­its have raised an es­ti­mated $320,000 through their booths at Pump­kin Fairs.

That means the Pump­kin Fair tak­ing place this year on Satur­day and Sun­day Oct. 7-8 in down­town Man­teca will break the $1 mil­lion mark in what or­ga­ni­za­tions have raised and dona­tions made from the an­nual street fair.

The Man­teca Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis has se­lected their three main or­ga­ni­za­tions that will re­ceive funds from the 2017 Pump­kin Fair pro­ceeds, Boys & Girls Club of Man­teca/Lathrop, Agape Vil­lages Foster Fam­ily, and Give Ev­ery Child a Chance. Last year, VFW Post 6311, Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memo­rial Troop Pack­ing Pro­gram and Hope Fam­ily Shel­ter-Ray­mus House each re­ceived $3,700 as well as an ad­di­tional $43,220 that was dis­trib­uted to var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions in amounts rang­ing from $100 to $2,000 at the Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis “Com­mu­nity Night of Giv­ing” con­ducted each year in Fe­bru­ary.

Man­teca Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis has pro­vided funds over the years to: Agape Vil­lages, Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, ALS, Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 249 in Man­teca, Boys & Girls Club of Man­teca, Boys Scouts, be. tech, CERT, Clothes Closet, Dream Closet, Ray­mus House Birth­day Buddies, Crime Stop­pers, Doc­tors Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary, East Union & Sierra High Band Boost­ers, Sober Grad events at all lo­cal MUSD high schools, Fri­day Night FUN Club, Key Clubs, Give Ev­ery Child A Chance, JROTC at Man­teca, Sierra and East Union High, Ev­ery 15 Min­utes, Great Val­ley Book Fest, Haven of Peace, Hope Fam­ily Shel­ter, Hos­pice, Hearts & Hands, Ka­t­rina Re­lief Fund, Kids Don’t Float Pro­gram, Ki­wa­nis Fam­ily House, Ki­wa­nis Elim­i­nate Project, Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion, Ki­wa­nis Rose Float, Val­ley CAPS, Man­teca Po­lice Ex­plor­ers, Man­teca Fire Chief’s Foun­da­tion, Man­teca Po­lice Chief Foun­da­tion, Man­teca SHARP Unit, Man­teca Po­lice K9 Unit, Man­teca His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Man­teca Mu­ral So­ci­ety, Man­teca Prayer Break­fast, High School Schol­ar­ships, Man­teca Se­nior Cen­ter, Man­teca Uni­fied Stu­dent Trust, Man­teca Youth Fo­cus, MUSD Home­less Stu­dent Fund, Man­teca Ro­tary, Not For­got­ten Memo­rial Day Event, Preg­nancy Help Cen­ter, Na­tive Di­rec­tions,

Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay for Life, Spe­cial Day of the Farm, Cpl. Charles Palmer II Memo­rial Troop Pack­ing Pro­gram, Start­ing Point, Sec­ond Har­vest Food Bank, Sierra High Band Boost­ers, Treats for Troops, Vet­er­ans Stamp Pro­gram, Vet­eran’s Stand Down, Thanks­giv­ing in Man­teca, Wel­come Home He­roes Foun­da­tion, West High Key Club and many oth­ers.

Ven­dor space info The Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis event typ­i­cally draws more than 30,000 peo­ple down­town and has more than 150 ven­dors to line the streets in the down­town Man­teca tri­an­gle. Ven­dor fees are $450 for a food booth, $320 for a com­mer­cial or in­for­ma­tion booth, $250 for an arts & crafts booth, and $200 for a non-profit booth now that the early bird dead­line has passed. The forms are avail­able at man­te­ca­pump­kin­fair.org.

The free event is both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The heart of the Pump­kin Fair is Li­brary Park where Pump­kin Zone ac­tiv­i­ties for kids take place. In­cluded are ev­ery­thing from pump­kin rolling and pump­kin seed spit­ting con­tests to pump­kin pie eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion. You can also pick out and buy pump­kins to take home. There is also free en­ter­tain­ment on the Main Stage and the Com­mu­nity Stage.

There’s a car show Sun­day and haunted house both days. Back this year is “Pump­kin Fair after Dark.” It fea­tures the pre­sen­ta­tion of the movie “Night of the Liv­ing Dead.” The 1968 movie clas­sic will be shown at the Pump­kin Fair Beer Gar­den from 7 to 9 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 7.

Ad­mis­sion is free. Beer, wa­ter, soda, and pop­corn will be avail­able for pur­chase. Beer sales will end at 8 p.m.

Pump­kin Fair events ac­tu­ally starts on Thurs­day, Oct. 5, with a car­ni­val at The Prom­e­nade Shops at Or­chard Val­ley at the 120 By­pass and Union Road. Hours on Oct. 5 are 5 to 10 p.m. The car­ni­val is also open Fri­day, Oct. 6, from 5 to 11 p.m.; Satur­day, Oct. 7, from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sun­day, Oct. 8, from noon to 10 p.m

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More than 30,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend this year’s Pump­kin Fair in down­town Man­teca.

PUMP­KIN FAIR

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