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Downtown to host Ceres Street Faire
Downtown Ceres will host the 21st annual Ceres Street Faire on Saturday and Sunday but what's not known is what the weather will be doing.

The website indicates Friday becoming mostly cloudy and a 30 percent chance of rain on Saturday. The forecast shows sunny skies returning on Sunday afternoon with a high of 77 degrees.

The weekend long event will be kicked off at 10 a.m. with a Saturday car show on Fourth Street between Magnolia and North streets. The event includes the staple activities Faire goers have come to know: arts & crafts booths, commercial booths, food booth vendors operated by non-profit Ceres groups, local entertainment, an antique engine display, and fun things for kids to do in the park.

"I think it's going to be a great weekend and I hope a lot of people show up," said Mayor Anthony Cannella at Monday's City Council meeting.

The Street Faire will be minus the traditional parade and the annual Strawberry Breakfast & Raffle. The breakfast was cancelled by its sponsor Healing Nations. But the Ceres Lions Club will be out in force to produce the ever-popular tri-tip sandwich. A full army of other service clubs and youth groups will also be selling food items along Third Street on both days.

A highlight of the Street Faire will be Saturday's raffle sponsored by the Ceres Unified School District Foundation. Four cash prizes totaling $4,500 and five prize packages valued at $500 or more are up for raffle. The Foundation's second annual Fundraising Campaign kicked off in January in an effort to raise money to support a wide variety of school activities and events at every school. Tickets will be sold at the Foundation's Street Faire booth until 2 p.m. Saturday. The raffle prize drawing will take place at 2:30 p.m in Whitmore Park in the entertainment area.

The Courier has produced a special section in this edition chocked full of details about the annual celebration.

The Ceres Lions Club and Ceres Chamber of Commerce members founded the Ceres Street Faire in October 1988. The event was previously offered as the Peach Harvest Festival from Smyrna Park to downtown Ceres.

For information, contact the Chamber at 537-2601.