Market on Maple, Crossroads Street Fair are next week
The dearth of community gatherings in Manteca since the pandemic struck 15 months ago ends next week.
* The brand new Maple Market – a certified farmer’s market that runs until the end of October on Thursdays – begins June 3.
* The Crossroads Street Fair – a downtown staple that typically draws over 30,000 people over two days – returns on Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6 after being sidelined by the pandemic for 14 months.
Both events will observe COVID-19 protocols. For now, that means wearing face masks at all large outdoor gatherings.
Market on Maple takes place Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until October 28 in Block 100 of North Maple anchored by the post office.
The street as well as the parking lot next to the rust parlor will also be blocked off for market use.
The certified market organization organizing the market together with the city of Manteca confirmed that there were 40 suppliers lined up.
Besides the certified fresh agricultural products, there will be other vendors as well as entertainment. The concept is modeled more like the street markets in Tracy and Modesto.
This week’s event will include an outdoor café to benefit the Manteca Police K-9 association which is trying to raise funds to purchase two more police dogs. Brethren Brothers Brewery, which is in the process of remodeling a building adjacent to FESM Hall in the 200 block of Main Street as a brewery pub, supplies the beer with all proceeds to Unit K-9.
The Maple Avenue location is arguably the nicest side street in downtown. It’s been made festive in recent weeks after Behr Electric donated the labor and equipment to string clear lights and colorful flags through the 100 block of Maple Avenue.
The new Market on Maple is part of the city’s increased downtown presence. City Council recently purchased the old San Joaquin County Public Health Building and adjoining parking lot as a “satellite” town hall.
Supplier space requests are available at www.cjcfarmersmarket.com/applications.html. For more information call (209) 456-8600 or email [email protected]
There are still places left for vendors for the street fair June 5-6, which takes place on both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Manteca.
They have already lined up over 90 craft vendors with an overall total of over 200.
For the first time in 21 years of history, the street fair will have a theme. It’s called the “Crossroads Watermelon Street Fair”.
There will be children’s activities, a car show, a boat and RV show, a BMX bike show and more.
The Manteca event will be the first major traditional street fair in South County since the 2020 Ripon Almond Blossom Festival.
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