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Riverbank Ushers In Holiday Spirit With Style
With rain light and intermittent, those shopping at the Riverbank Christmas Crafts Faire this past weekend braved what turned out to be just a minor inconvenience to start their shopping downtown. As the day wore on, the rainy skies departed and the later crowd for the parade and faire remained dry. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The News

News Correspondent

Vendors and community service organizations were hindered but not deterred from participating in the 13th annual Riverbank Christmas Crafts Faire in downtown Saturday afternoon and evening.

Although the crowds were sparse in the afternoon, when intermittent raindrops fell, and a potential for canceling the parade existed, by 3 p.m. the clouds were dispersing and city staff gave the go ahead for preparations necessary for it to happen. Soon, the trailer used for the judges’ booth was in position and the sound systems were being set up.

What could be described as a smattering of potential customers began the afternoon soaking up the occasional raindrops while shopping the faire, but as the day wore on, the wet stuff wore off, leaving the 46th annual Riverbank Community Christmas Parade to wend its way down Santa Fe Street and back up Stanislaus, to the delight of the crowd without hindrance.

Following the parade, the crowd enjoyed the faire booths while awaiting the return of Santa and Mrs. Claus to officially light the community’s Christmas Tree. The mayor and council led the children in singing holiday songs while they waited.


After lighting duty, Santa sat and listened to Christmas wishes from the local youngsters and posed for photos.