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Cap 'n' Town festival expanded to include all Merced graduates

Merced's Cap 'n' Town festival is being expanded to include all the area's graduates, from preschoolers to college students. The event, which started last year, will be May 14, from 5 to 11 p.m. in downtown Merced.

Cap 'n' Town will feature two stages filled with more than a dozen bands, dance troupes and other entertainers. Musical selections will include indie, blues, alternative, rock 'n' roll and country.

The event will also include a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, games and ongoing rodeo roping demonstrations. Fresh produce vendors and a variety of foods will be available to buy.

The city is asking local elementary, high school, college and university groups to run food booths, displays, information and other fun activities. Special discounts are available for the student groups participating in the festival.

The city of Merced also is accepting applications from commercial food, produce, arts and crafts vendors through May 5.

Contact Karen Baker at (209) 724-8105 for applications and more information.

The first Cap 'n' Town was held in 2009 to welcome first lady Michelle Obama to Merced and celebrate the graduation of the first four-year class at UC Merced.

The festival will take place on Main Street from M Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Way and on Canal Street between Main and 18th streets.

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