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Stage set for weekend Street Faire
Mostly sunny skies with temperatures ranging in the 70s and 80s is expected to greet this weekend's Ceres Street Faire in downtown Ceres.

The weekend event will kick off at 10 a.m. with a Saturday car show on Fourth Street between Magnolia and North streets. The car show will be over by 4 p.m. but the faire continues until 6 p.m. The Faire resumes Sunday at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The Faire will include the staple activities Faire goers have come to know: street vendors selling their goods, arts and crafts, commercial and information booths, food booth vendors operated by non-profit Ceres groups, local entertainment, and fun activities for kids to do in the park.

"We have had vendors who have been returning for over two decades, yet each year we have been able to offer something different.," said Street Faire Committee chairman Dave Chapman. " The Ceres Street Faire brings with it a strong sense of community and we need that in these times.

The Ceres Lions Club will be among the food vendors as they barbecue up their beef tri-tip for sandwiches. A full army of other service clubs and youth groups will also be selling food items along Third Street on both days.

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.

This year's event sees a return of the popular Strawberry Breakfast, which will be hosted at the Clinton Whitmore Mansion from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Mansion is located between Fifth and Sixth streets between Magnolia and North streets. Tickets are $9 per person with children 10 and under admitted for free with a paying adult.

The Whitmore Mansion is also hosting a Sunday Mother's Day Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast will be held outdoors on the east lawn at the mansion. The buffet includes eggs, ham, sausage, pastries, omelettes, muffins, fresh fruit and salads. Coffee, tea, water, champagne minosas and juice are included. Tickets are $20 per person with part of the proceeds benefitting the Whitmore Mansion Foundation. Call 537-5400 for reservations.

The Ceres Bethel #171 of Job's Daughters is hosting a Sunday morning Country Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 2904 Third Street, next to all the Street Faire activity. Cost is $6 per person and $3.50 for children under age 12.

The Ceres Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #10293 will be offering $1 raffle tickets (or six for $5) for a patriotic themed quilt on display at the VFW booth. Proceeds will benefit U.S. veterans living in the area.

The Street Faire entertainment line-up includes Greg Scudder who fell short of a national title in the 29th annual Colgate Country Showdown national signing competition in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 13. Scudder, 26, will be performing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the downtown Fourth Street stage during the Street Faire.

During the Colgate competition, Scudder was seen by approximately 1,500 in the audience at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium of which 20 to 30 were family members and friends from the Ceres area. Millions more watched when the event was televised in March.

Visitors to the Ceres Street Faire are also invited to drop by the Ceres Museum on Saturday afternoon. Located at 2928 Fifth Street, the museum does not charge admission.

A highlight of Saturday's events is the raffle drawing for the fourth annual Ceres Unified School District (CUSD) Foundation. Tickets are $5 each with the winners' names to be drawn at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 in Whitmore Park. To be given away are: $2,500 in cash, $1,000 cash, two $500 cash prizes, an outdoor gas barbecue grill, a casino and dining package, grocery package, a WalMart gift card and a gas card from E.R. Vine. Tickets are $5 each (also tax-deductible) and available at any Ceres school office, the CUSD District Office or at the CUSD Foundation booth at the Street Faire on Saturday, May 7 until 2 p.m.

For information on the Ceres Street Faire, contact the Chamber at 537-2601.