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Organizers: Street Faire a success
Picture-perfect weather - with some wind on Saturday - mixed with good times for a well-attended Ceres Street Faire over the weekend.

The downtown Ceres event - sponsored by the Ceres Chamber of Commerce, the Ceres Lions Club and the city of Ceres - featured live local entertainment, arts and crafts booths, commercial and food vendors and a Saturday car show.

The heaviest crowd was experienced on Sunday with its mild temperatures and absent the winds that plagued Saturday's event.

"It was a really great weekend," said Lisa Mantarro Moore, chair of the Street Faire Committee. "We had a huge number of cars in the car show. It was a really successful Street Faire the whole weekend."

Food booths operated by non-profit organizations were busy both days. The Ceres High School Athletic Boosters Club sold out of their popular linguica sandwiches by 1 p.m. on Sunday, reported Moore. People were also standing in long lines for the tri-tip sandwiches sold by the Ceres Lions Club.

"All the booths reported good sales," said Moore. "Commercial vendors reported doing well. We had one of the largest year of commercial vendors."

Saturday's numbers appeared to be affected by Cinco de Mayo celebrations and possibly the winds, which Moore added did not hamper sales of goods offered by vendors. If anything, lack of hot temperatures kept a lid on the sales of bottled water by various food vendors.

What lacked in numbers on Saturday were made up on Sunday.

"When we turned off at 4 p.m. on Sunday people were still coming in," said Moore.

Police reported little trouble at the affair. "Everyone was having a good time," said Lt. Brent Smith of the Ceres Police Department. "Our goal was for everyone to have fun. We had a couple of issues having to tell some to leave."

The Whitmore Park gazebo hosted a number of youth groups and musicians who entertained. The downtown stage on Fourth Street featured a performance by Greg Scudder of Ceres, a finalist in the Colgate Country Showdown in 2011.

The Whitmore Mansion, located a block away from Street Faire activities, hosted its annual Strawberry Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nancy Pope said about 75 persons came to enjoy the outdoor breakfast and that another 50 were packaged and sold to vendors and Faire goers.

Saturday's car show drew lots of admirers of classics and modified cars.

Nearby, parked on two trailers, were large metal dinosaurs created by lifelong Ceres resident Allen Clark. Clark occasionally displays the metal sculptures - crafted from such mechanical parts as a Caterpillar chains, truck oil pans, bolts and truck springs - for events.


The CUSD Foundation's fifth annual Raffle Fundraiser, emceed by Eric Ingwerson, took place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Street Faire. The CUSD Foundation raised over tens of thousands through the sales of raffle ticket and cash donations. Local businesses donated five prize packages collectively valued at over $2,500.

A parent who wished to remain anonymous won the $2,500 cash price while Mary Lewis won $1,000 in cash and Erica Methvin and Amie Younan both won $500. Virginia Alba took home a fuel card, Natalia/Oscar Armas won the gas grill, and Francisco Padilla won the Black Oak Casino prize. Winners of the entertainment package, grocery package and Walmart gift card chose to remain anonymous.

Participating in the drawing of the winning tickets this year were local business and education representatives that included: Dave McConnell and Emily Carlson, CUSD Foundation board members.