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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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Parade & Neighbors Fair return Saturday


The “West Sacramento Neighborhood Fair & Parade” return Sat., Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  There will be food, games and vendors at this “multicultural event.” The fair will be located at Bryte Park, and the parade will begin from the park at 10 a.m. Community groups and vendors who wish to participate must register by Aug. 24. Visit www.BryteAndBroderick.org/fairandparade.cfm or  call (916) 640-3677 for information.

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After a year off, parade & fair will return


Local scouts helped lead the way in the city's last Community Day Parade, in 2009 (News-Ledger photo)

West Sacramento’s annual “Community Day Parade” and “Neighbors Fair” took a break during 2010 because funding and support were scarce in these tough economic times.

But they’re back.

A version of the parade and fair will return this year on Saturday, Oct. 1, along Merkley and West Capitol avenues near city hall.

“The parade will be essentially the same, but with a different route,” said one of the organizers, Yaminah Bailey. “And it will be a street-style fair. In earlier years, it had been on the riverfront.”

Bailey is a co-coordinator of the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalation. The group oversees the “Sactown Heroes” local young people who have volunteered at prior parades, and will volunteer again in 2011.

Helping to sponsor the event is a local literacy coalition, which is “a coalition of different groups that provide nonprofit literacy services,” said Gabrielle Callison of the local library system. “We plan to have a multicultural event.”

The parade was formerly known as West Sacramento’s “Community Day Parade.”

This year, the combined events will be called the “Multicultural Neighbors Fair and Parade.”

The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Merkley Avenue, and pass a judges’ stand in front of city hall. At noon, the fair will kick off across the street, on the site behind Walgreens that is currently used for a weekly Thursday night farmers’ market.
Volunteers are needed for all kinds of duties, said Callison.

“We need people for basic things like making sure the trash cans aren’t overflowing, helping vendors set up, helping with call backs – everything,” she said.

What sort of turnout is expected for the parade grounds and fair?

“I’m pretty hopeful we’ll have a great turnout,” answered Bailey.

For information, visit www.westsacmulticultural-fair.com.

To volunteer, call 375-6469, or show up at an organizational meeting from 9-11 a.m. at the library (1212 Merkley Avenue) on Wed., Aug. 10.