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Annual festival strives to put Denair on the map
Car raffle to benefit high school scholarship fund
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The Denair Farm and Family Festival will feature 100 food, arts and crafts, and informational vendors. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Denair Civic Association will once again showcase all that Denair has to offer at the sixth annual Denair Farm and Family Festival set for Sept. 12.

“A lot of people who live in the Turlock and Modesto areas have never heard of Denair or know where it is,” said event chairman James Shehan. “This festival lets people know where and what Denair is. We’re not just a little town, we like to have fun and put on a great festival.”

During the event, guests can enjoy a classic car show and antique farm equipment show, engage with animals from local FFA and 4-H members in a petting zoo, and relish in multiple forms of entertainment, including a live band and DJs, square dancing from Turlock’s  Steppin’ Pards, and an Elvis impersonator.

Guests can also check out approximately 100 food, arts and crafts, and informational vendors. Food options will range from barbeque to Mexican favorites and there will be several local organizations in attendance to meet festival-goers, according to Shehan. 

“It helps to get people out in the community and meet their neighbors and find out what businesses are around locally,” said Shehan.

For the first time, the association will also be raffling off 1,000 tickets for an Acura CL, which was donated by Best Price Auto Sales in Turlock. Proceeds from the inaugural raffle will go towards the association’s newly created scholarship fund for Denair High School.

“We like to help support the community and the schools,” said Shehan. “With money raised from the raffle, we hope to offer several scholarships to the high school.”

Additionally, on the day of the festival there will be a 5K Fun Run and the proceeds will benefit the Valley Children’s Hospital. The run has been included in the festival every year after the son of one of the Denair Civic Association members was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The member wanted to do something to raise money for the diabetic clinic.

For its sixth year, the festival has accumulated a significant number of sponsors, including Noah’s Spring Water, the Denair Lions Club, Turlock Irrigation District, and Mocse Credit Union among others.

“The more sponsors we have, the more we can have events like this and it helps us run the festival,” said Shehan. “What we have leftover, we give back to the community.”

The Denair Farm and Family Festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 12. For more information, visit Registration for the 5K Fun Run begins at 7 a.m. and the run begins at 8 a.m. Guests can also register prior to the event online.