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Ceres readies for the Street Faire
• Showers may come Saturday
classic car 2023 CSF
Classic cars like this one at the 2023 event will be on display at the Ceres Street Faire this weekend. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/ Courier file photo

When the Ceres Street Faire rolls around for the first weekend in May, the big question in the minds of organizers is what will the weather be like?

Despite the warm and sunny skies that Ceres has enjoyed lately, the forecast as this edition went to press shows the possibility of showers on Saturday and Sunday bringing a mixture of sunshine and clouds with a temperature high of 68 degrees. But the faire is billed as a “rain or shine” event.

Forecasts do, however, change.

The Street Faire fun kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Ceres with the staple activities Faire goers have come to expect:

• Street vendors selling their goods, arts and crafts, commercial and information booths;

• Food booth vendors operated by non-profit Ceres groups;

• Local entertainment on stages in Whitmore Park and on Lawrence Street east of Fourth Street;

• Carnival rides and fun activities for kids to do in Whitmore Park. Pony rides will be offered as well as carnival rides, a giant slide and a Ferris wheel.

• A Saturday car show and Sunday low rider car show.

Saturday’s car show takes place on Fourth Street between Magnolia and North streets and spills into the parking lot of the Ceres Community Center. The car show will be over by 3 p.m. but the faire continues until 6 p.m.

The Sunday lowrider car show is new to the Ceres Street Faire. Check-ins for the low rider show will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with the show to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the same place as Saturday’s car show. A limit of 100 low riders is set for the Sunday show.

Car owners must pre-registration to participate in either show online at Pre-registration is $25 while late registration is $35.

All the food served during the Street Faire is sold by non-profit organizations, including the Ceres Lions Club famous for their barbecue beef tri-tip sandwiches. A full army of other service clubs and youth groups will also be selling food items along Third Street on both days.

Street Faire entertainment acts will include Ceres’ own singers Greg Scudder and Patty Castillo Davis and Lavonne & the Train Wreck.

The Ceres Street Faire Committee, led by Chairman Doug Wallick of the Ceres Lions Club, has been meeting at Alfonso’s Mexican restaurant since January to plan the event.