PUMP­KIN FAIR ROLLS INTO MAN­TECA

More Than 30,000 Ex­pected Oct. 7-8

The Oakdale Leader - - NEIGHBORHOOD VALUES - By DEN­NIS WY­ATT

Some North­ern San Joaquin Val­ley com­mu­ni­ties cel­e­brate pro­duce such as al­monds, asparagus, grapes, and apri­cots. And there are plenty of fun times that are con­nected with each event

Man­teca cel­e­brates the pump­kin — the one fruit grown for fun.

It’s not by ac­ci­dent that Man­teca has a Pump­kin Fair.

Three dozen semitrucks a day roll out of Man­teca car­ry­ing some 55,000 tons of pump­kins des­tined for ven­dors and doorsteps through­out Cal­i­for­nia. That’s 80 per­cent of all com­mer­cially grown pump­kins in the Golden State. And while re­gions in Ohio top Cal­i­for­nia and Man­teca for the vol­ume of pump­kins grown, Man­teca is the undis­puted No. 1 area in the United States for the har­vest of pump­kins in­tended for or­na­men­tal pur­poses only as the pump­kin has come to mean to Hal­loween what pine trees do to Christ­mas.

Enough about the why there is a Pump­kin Fair. Now let’s talk about the fun.

The Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis have ar­ranged for more than 150 ven­dors to line the streets in the down­town Man­teca tri­an­gle. It can be ac­cessed by tak­ing Yosemite Av­enue west off the High­way 99 free­way or Main Street north from the 120 By­pass.

The free event is Satur­day, Oct. 7, and Sun­day, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The heart of the Pump­kin Fair is Li­brary Park where the Pump­kin Zone events for kids takes 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’s a car show Sun­day and haunted house both days.

The two day lineup for the Main Stage in­cludes:

Satur­day, Oct. 7

11 a.m. to noon, Johnny and Dakota

12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Sky Kings

2 to 3:30 p.m., Ran­dom Strangers

4:30 to 6 p.m., Jim An­der­son & The Rebels

Sun­day, Oct. 8

10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dakota & Johnny

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. One Mile 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thresh­old 3:30 to 5 p.m., Agent

The Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis also will have the Com­mu­nity Stage at Li­brary Park fea­tur­ing lo­cal per­form­ers.

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

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

209 LIV­ING FILE PHOTO

Kids can play pump­kin games in the Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis Pump­kin Zone last year at Li­brary Park.

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