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Parade, Crafts Faire Offered Downtown
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Get ready for Riverbank's Christmas Parade and Crafts Faire, set for Saturday morning.

Returning for its 42nd year, the parade will wind its way through downtown on Dec. 4 beginning at 10 a.m. while the Faire will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center.

Floats, classic autos, marching bands, horses, Shriners clowns, walking groups and, of course, Santa Claus will entertain the crowd along the parade route, which begins at Seventh and Santa Fe Street and proceeds west on Santa Fe, turns left onto Second Street then turns left again onto Stanislaus Street to return to the Community Center. Judging will be at Santa Fe and Third streets.

At 9 a.m. to warm up the crowd, a "Name That Tune" contest will be held at the judging booth at Santa Fe and Third. Everyone is invited to participate and tunes will be selected for all ages with prizes to be won for every correct guess.

Several businesses along the route will be handing out holiday treats and Santa will be greeting children in front of the Cardozo School Gym immediately following the parade.

The parade is sponsored by the Riverbank Ministerial Association and the City of Riverbank.

All the entries are judged and trophies will be presented at noon in the gym where the public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Scott Pettit, Parade Chairperson at 869-2854 or stop by his office at Karate For Kids, 3342 Santa Fe. He can also be emailed at: scottpettit@sbcglobal.net. Or you can contact Luanne Bain in City Hall at 863-7116.

Visitors are invited to browse the crafts faire before or after the parade. Vendors will be selling crocheted and knitted baby sweaters, bonnets, boots and blankets, handmade candles, jewelry, ornaments, quilts, lamps, hair bows and a variety of other items.