Music will highlight a busy Saturday next week as part of a day of shopping and eating.
The 2011 Fall Downtown Street Faire will bring novelties, food and a concert to Sixth Street, from I to K streets, and it might spill farther north and south.
Los Banos Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Whala said along with new food and merchandise vendors, the chamber booked a band.
"We're getting different types of vendors, new vendors that have never been here before, including food vendors and general merchandise vendors," Whala said.
The Street Faire brings between 2,000 and 3,000 visitors to the downtown area.
Whala said the chamber is hoping to fill 100 booths. As of Wednesday, 65 were spoken for.
Depending on the final count of vendors, Whala said, the limits of the thoroughfare may be pushed to H Street on one end and the post office on the other.
"That way, we won't be putting any vendors on the side streets," Whala said.
Parabelt will play rock music at Sixth and K streets, while JC's Starstruck Karaoke and karate and dance performances can be found at Sixth and I streets. Food vendors will be at Sixth and J streets. Knight's Express Train Rides and the Bloodmobile will also be on hand.
Of downtown chamber events -- Wine Stroll, Christmas Evening Downtown and others -- Fall Faire ranks toward the top in terms of attendance and dollars.
Whala said the chamber will also juggle the vendors so that they are not in direct competition with other like vendors or downtown businesses.
"We're going to try to control that a whole lot better this year," Whala said.
Last year, the chamber moved the vendors into the street to keep the doors of downtown businesses from being blocked.
Chamber of Commerce President Duane Brehm said the Fall Faire serves as a beacon, drawing shoppers to Sixth Street. He said those owners who choose not to open their stores during the Fall Faire are missing out.
"It's very important to let people know what we have to offer down here," Brehm said, "so they can buy locally and support the many services the sales tax generates."
The Fall Faire is Sept. 17. Also that day is Los Banos Rotary Club's pancake breakfast, from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Miller & Lux Building, 830 Sixth St. Breakfast tickets are $6 and are available by calling the chamber at (209) 826-2495.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562.