Active and growing, the community of Ceres is large enough to provide urban amenities and conveniences but small enough to preserve an intimate hometown flavor. The city is nestled in one of California's richest and most diverse agricultural regions just south of the bustling urban center of Modesto. Throngs of visitors flock to Ceres each spring during the city's annual Ceres Street Faire. Flourishing agri-business enterprises are well supported by industries and manufacturing for a strong and healthy local economy. The city recently added a new feather to its cap: the $14 million County Agriculture Center. The very name of "Ceres" originated from the Roman goddess of agriculture. The rolling Tuolumne River forms part of the city's northern boundary.