Vendor sites still available for Merceds Cap&Town May 14

The city of Merced said there are still sites available for vendors at the second annual Cap&Town Festival will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 14, in downtown Merced.

The festival will salute all of the area’s graduates, from preschoolers to those receiving doctorates.

All the student groups, clubs and organizations in the greater Merced area are encouraged to participate in this event, the city said in a news release.

It said it wants local elementary, high school, college and university groups to run food booths, displays, information and other fun activities that showcase their talents and interests. Special discounts are available for the student groups participating in the festival.

The city said it’s 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 “Ultimate Block Party” will feature two stages filled with more than a dozen bands, dance troupes and other entertainers. The musical selections will cover indie, blues, alternative, rock ‘n’ roll, country and other kinds.

For younger audiences there will be a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting and games. There will be on-going rodeo roping demonstrations, and the audience can even participate. Fresh produce vendors and a wide variety of foods will be available for purchase.

Cap&Town kicked off in 2009 to welcome Michelle Obama to Merced and celebrate the graduation of the first four-year class at UC Merced. The goal of the event is to erase the perception of town-gown barriers and focus on educational achievements — big and small — throughout the community.

Cap ‘n’ Town festival will take place on Main Street from M to Martin Luther King Jr. Way and on Canal Street between Main and 18th Street. There’s plenty of free parking around the site.