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Street Faire planners hope to reschedule this year
• Pandemic must be over first
Plaza centennial
Work on the new Centennial Plaza has slowed down a bit now that the city is not under the gun to finish it by the first weekend in May, which would have been the Street Faire dates. It is on target, however, to be done at the end of April to mid May. - photo by Jeff Benziger

For 31 years the Ceres Street Faire has taken place during the first weekend of May. But Covid-19 has changed all that with shelter in place orders and life as we know it in America temporarily suspended.

Promoters of the Street Faire say they want to see the Street Faire happen this year but all decisions depend on how well the infection rate has been suppressed in California and the United States.

“It is our goal to reschedule the Street Faire for this year as it’s something the community looks forward to,” said Lisa Mantarro Moore of the Ceres Street Faire Committee.

The committee has been observing the shelter in place directive and has only meet electronically.

“Of course, everyone is disappointed but certainly understand that public health and safety are first and foremost.”

Committee Chairman Ken Lane said the committee has always been focused on the health and safety of the community. 

“Those of us on the Street Faire Committee have always operated with the community’s interest first,” said Lane.  “Just like everyone else, we were shocked at what was occurring worldwide.  In our generation, we have really never had to take preventive measures like this so we didn’t know what to expect. The Street Faire is very dear to each of us and we work every year to protect its integrity and provide the community with an event to enjoy and gather.  We are confident that once rescheduled, we will have another great year in downtown Ceres.”

It was announced last week that Stanislaus County Fair officials are moving forward with planning with caution. The County Fair is set to open Friday, July 10 for a 10-day run.