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Scene in the 209

There were celebrations aplenty in June and July for 209 residents to get out and explore. Want your organization’s event featured in Scene in the 209? Email

Juneteenth Celebration

Merced marked Juneteenth with some special festivities, including a parade, car show and the dedication of the Kirk Wright Memorial Playground at McNamara Park.

Linguica Run

The Westside Auto Club held their annual Linguica Run in July in Gustine to raise money for local scholarships and non-profit organizations. The Linguica Run includes a classic car show that draw entrants from all over the area and a popular linguica lunch.

Skies the Limit

The sight of colorful balloons lifting into the skies over Ceres River Bluff Regional Park in June dazzled children and adults alike during the first annual “Skies the Limit” hot air balloon festival. The event, hosted by the city of Ceres, drew several thousand spectators.