Multicultural fair will come back

The Yolo County Library’s booth at Saturday’s fair (photo by PETER FOLKS)


(with additional photos)

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

At least two hundred people dropped in to visit the newest version of the West Sacramento Multicultural Fair at Bryte Park on Saturday.

The event was sponsored for the first time this year by the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN). The city’s annual “Neighbors Fair” is on hiatus, and a multicultural fair was started last year by a local literacy group. This year, BBCAN stepped into the breach to organize the fair.

At the fair: grownups above are Charles Sano; David Joyce (campaign manager to Oleg Maskaev; Maskaeve -- the retired boxing champ running for West Saramento City Council; and Mickey Fausett (courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

Saturday’s festivities were meant to include a parade – also an on-again, off-again event in recent years – but that didn’t work out.

“The bottom line is, we didn’t get enough participation in it this year,” said Jim Brewer of BBCAN.

But Saturday’s fair went well, said Brewer, and both the parade and fair will be back in 2013.

“It will happen next year,” said Brewer. “We’re committed to it. It will probably again be in the north. Basically, the point of the fair this year was to support the activity at Bryte Park and the master-planning of it.”

The vendors appear to be committed to coming back, too, said Brewer.

Alicia Cruz (board member of BBCAN) with Teresa Blackmer. When the planned parade was canceled, Blackmer went from being the parade's grand marshal to the fair's "Grand Poobah." (photo by Peter Folks)


AZTEC DANCE group that performed at the Multicultural Fair (photo by Peter Folks)

The Yolo County Childrens Alliance was one of the groups to have a booth at the fair. Dalila Martinez is staffing the table and the Ramirez family is visiting (photo by Peter Folks)

"Dinger" -- mascot of the Sacramento River Cats -- with friends (photo by Mickey Fausett)

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