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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2009 10:00 pm

The Lodi Grape Festival has come and gone with a minimum of incidents and warm, but not stifling, weather.

"There were some fights on Friday night, but not much else," Lodi Police Detective Mike Manetti said while checking out the quiet grounds Sunday afternoon, the festival's final day.

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  • posted at 6:41 am on Tue, Sep 22, 2009.


    Haven't been since I was a child. Was too hot to go though.

  • posted at 7:38 pm on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    My family this year decided not to attend the festival. You have the state fair and then a few weeks later the grape festival. With the economy we just can't afford it. Let's see..we have food $, wrist bands $, more food $ and of course the games $. I would rather take two hundred bucks and take a trip to Santa Cruz or Half Moon bay. It really get's expensive with a family of 5. Hope I didn't miss much!

  • posted at 6:25 pm on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Continued"of the story, medical research or treatment sites if smoking is integral to the research or treatment being conducted, private residences except homes licensed as family day care homes during the hours of operation and in those areas where children are present, patient smoking areas in long-term health care facilities, and employee breakrooms designated for smoking.[28] Additionally, effective January 1, 2008, smoking in a moving vehicle while in the in the presence of a minor (18 years or younger) is a misdemeanor; the charge is not serious enough to be pulled over, and only can be cited along with a stricter offense, such as a moving violation or traffic accident.[29][30] Local jurisdictions may regulate smoking more strictly than the state. Many California communities have established smoke-free registries for private residential apartment buildings, which range from complexes where smoking is entirely prohibited (whether inside private dwellings or outside) to those where certain sections of dwellings may be designated as smoking dwellings. Most California cities allow landlords to regulate smoking at will."

  • posted at 6:21 pm on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Lodian:Statewide smoking ban: Since January 1, 1995, smoking has been banned in all enclosed workplaces in California and within 20 feet of such places, including restaurants and bars (bars were excluded until January 1, 1998), exempting only the following areas: workplaces with five or fewer employees (as long as all workers consent and persons under 18 are prohibited from the smoking area), 65% of the guest rooms of hotels/motels, lobby areas of hotels/motels designated for smoking (not to exceed 25% of the total lobby floor area or, if the lobby area is 2,000 square feet or less, not to exceed 50% of the total lobby floor area), meeting and banquet rooms except while food or beverage functions are taking place (including set-up, service, and clean-up activities or when the room is being used for exhibit activities), retail or wholesale tobacco shops and private smokers lounges (i.e. cigar bars), truck cabs/tractors if no nonsmoking employees are present, non-office warehouse facilities with more than 10,000 square feet of total floor space and 20 or fewer full-time employees working at the facility, theatrical production sites if smoking is an integral part of the.....

  • posted at 2:23 pm on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    I like watching the fat chicks stuff corn dog into their mouths. Lets takes the hogs to the feeding pens.

  • posted at 11:53 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    deblaw: 1995

  • posted at 11:31 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Didn't make it this year but pretty sure it was the same as last year. I used to like it when the buildings were full of all the snake oil salesmen selling all kinds of stuff like as seen on TV. Last year it seemed like it was just local businesses like F&M Bank, funeral homes and local stores which was really kind of a drag and not worth going into those buildings.

  • posted at 10:51 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    i am glad i did not go, it seems like a waste of time and money to go anymore. I know it is a Lodi tradition to go, but it gets old to me. Walking around the ride area with all the thugs and bad @$$ gangster type just does not seem like fun either.

  • posted at 9:40 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Blue Oyster Cult with Rudy Sarzo was so awesome! There were so many people and it was a great time! Sorry, didn't see the ABBA tribute band,

  • posted at 9:36 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    The kids thought the reptile exhibit was pretty cool. But what we didn't like was the gangsters hanging out on Friday night over by where all the rides were. And then the San Joaquin County Probation Officers started chasing them around like a big game of cat-and-mouse. Just seemed like it was destined for trouble, so we left.

  • posted at 7:54 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    When did California become a smoke free State?

  • posted at 7:39 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    I heard the gang members were throwing bottle at the police,and there were alot of fights.. did anyone see any of this? i couldnt make it, but my daughter was there.... just wondering

  • posted at 7:34 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Thanks PAL! I guess it's a good replacement for the Beatles tribute band.Great job, LPD, for kicking out potential troublemakers.

  • posted at 7:23 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Had a great time at the festival. Yes, the ABBA tribute band was great, lots of fun and of course you can not go wrong with those songs. Every year I am there for the Lions Pitch to Win (bingo), its for a great cause. Just wish they still have bacon as not a big fan of ham. Hypnotist was good but I have seen better. Food was great, funnel cake, lemonade, etc. My nachos were a little stale but with extra cheese you would never notice.Petting zoo/kids area was a great idea. Also ejoyed the pig races

  • posted at 5:48 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    I don't understand how and why smoking is allowed at the Grape Festival. CA is a smoke free state, but smoking is allowed at the Grape Festival - I just don't get it. I don't enjoy going to the festival for that reason alone. Everywhere you walk, stand or sit, there is somebody blowing toxic waste into your face. I don't enjoy trying to eat a goody with smoke blowing in my face. There should be one designated smoking area in a corner furthest away from the general population, or make the festival a smoke free environment. It would be a whole lot more pleasant for the majority of us that don't smoke, although it seemed as if everybody there was smoking. In this day and age of health risks from second hand smoke, why endanger innocent people's lives? I just don't get it, nor do I appreciate it. But, this is my opinion.

  • posted at 4:21 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Didn't go this year, the kids would also rather see the BMX riders and Skateboarders doing their stunts...are the pig races still taking over that area? ha ha

  • posted at 3:25 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.


    Will someone please tell me if the ABBA tribute band was worth watching? I failed to catch it.

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