PUMPKIN PARTY

Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis stag­ing event for 35th year Man­teca’s big­gest bash is Oct. 6-7

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By DEN­NIS WY­ATT

Putting on Man­teca’s big­gest bash of the year — the an­nual Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis Man­teca Pumpkin Fair that at­tracts over 30,000 peo­ple to down­town — takes a small army of vol­un­teers to stage.

For the past five years the ef­fort has been over­seen by Carol Davis, the re­tired Give Ev­ery Child a Chance ex­ec­u­tive director who serves as the Pumpkin Fair chair. Plan­ning is a year round en­deavor but the big­gest work starts at 3 a.m. the first day of the event when vol­un­teers help di­rect up­wards of 150 ven­dors to their spots in down­town to set up to days of fam­ily fun on Satur­day, Oct. 6, and Sun­day, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“See­ing all the peo­ple come out and en­joy­ing them­selves as a com­mu­nity makes it worth­while for me,” Davis said.

As for her “must visit” booth it is the home­made pumpkin bread.

“It’s de­li­cious,” Davis said. She noted the recipe has been handed down over the years to var­i­ous non-prof­its from the Fed­er­ated Women’s Club of Man­teca that had baked and sold the pumpkin dessert for decades. Last year it was the fundraiser for the Be.Tech Academy Key Club that Davis over­sees as an ad­vi­sor. This year the bread is be­ing made from scratch by the Be.Tech culi­nary arts pro­gram.

New this year is a “home grown” pumpkin grow­ing con­test 181 peo­ple en­tered this sum­mer. The pop­u­lar free Satur­day movie night is back with “Ho­cus Po­cus” be­ing the fea­tured film.

There’s main stage and com­mu­nity stage en­ter­tain­ment, a car show on Sun­day, kid­die rides, food ven­dors, pumpkin games for kids, pumpkin sales and a max­i­mum of 150 ven­dors.

The Pumpkin Fair car­ni­val will take place, Thurs­day, Oct. 4, through Sun­day, Oct. 7, at The Prom­e­nade Shops at Or­chard Val­ley be­tween JC Pen­ney and the fit­ness club. There is a new car­ni­val op­er­a­tor this year that will of­fer dif­fer­ent rides.

This is the 47th an­niver­sary of the ini­tial pumpkin fair and the 35th an­nual ver­sion staged by the Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis.

Ven­dor booth is still avail­able but it is capped at 150. There are dis­counted rates for non-prof­its as well as le­git­i­mate arts and crafts ven­dors. The arts and crafters will again be clus­tered along Maple Av­enue.

“We will sell space un­til we run out,” Davis said.

Ven­dor in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.man­te­ca­pump­kin­fair.org

Bul­letin file photo

A vol­un­teer help­ing over­see the free kids’ pumpkin games at last year’s Pumpkin Fair.

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