Pumpkin Fair will top $1M in donations for non-profits
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
More than 30,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Pumpkin Fair in downtown Manteca.