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Youth Day
Is Just Ducky

Express editor
The biggest celebration of the year happens this weekend as the 79th annual Winters Youth Day takes place. The event began decades ago as a way to introduce youth to local government and has since evolved into an annual community homecoming of sorts, as youth of all ages get together with family and friends.
The event begins with the Annual Youth Day Duck Derby on Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m. behind the Community Center. The event is a major fundraiser for the Youth Day Committee, which organizes the entire Youth Day event.
Ducks will be on sale until 5:55 p.m., and there will be hot dogs and refreshments available. The ducks will drop into Putah Creek at 6 p.m. and float downstream, with the winning duck bringing in $500, with $250 going to the second place duck and $150 for third place.
Ducks cost $10 each, $50 for a Quack Pack of six and $100 for a Flock of 12. To purchase ducks before the event, contact Kathy Cowan, 795-9090.
Opening ceremonies officially begin at 7 p.m. inside the Community Center, where this year’s Youth Day Grand Marshal, Tawnya Martin, will be formally honored for her service to the youth of Winters. The Youth Day Sweetheart and Sweethunk will also be chosen. This year’s Sweetheart contestants are Selena Leon, Sofia Evanoff, Gabby Junez and Isabel Angel. The Sweethunk contestants are Chris Kays, Hunter Miller, Damon Burke and Vic Maldonado.
Following the formalities, Winters High School will sponsor a talent show. At 7:45 p.m., there will a free movie, “Hero 6,” shown behind the Community Center.
On Saturday, Youth Day begins bright and early with the annual Rotary Pancake breakfast from 6;30-9:30 a.m. at the Community Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children under 12. There is a $2 per ticket discount for those who show up for the breakfast by 7:30 a.m. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware, from any Rotarian or at the door.
Kiddie Parade sign-ups take place at 8;45 a.m. at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets, and the parade begins at 9:45 a.m. The main parade follows beginning at 10 a.m.
City Park will be hopping with activity all afternoon. More than 40 food, craft and information booths will be stationed throughout the park. Troy “DJ” Barnett will serve as master of ceremonies for the day-long free entertainment, and will begin with music from 11:30-12:30 at the Park Stage. Park entertainment runs until 4:30 p.m.
Signups for the horseshoe tournament begin at noon at the horseshoe pits at City Park. The entry fee is $20 per person or $40 per team. The Kid’s Fair, which provides free children’s activity booths and bounce houses, runs from 12-4:30 p.m. on the Little League field at City Park.
The Diaper Derby, sponsored by Wade’s Construction, will creep and crawl across the lawn in front of the park stage. Entrants should gather at 1 p.m. to participate. Following the Diaper Derby, the parade awards will be announced at the park stage at 2 p.m.
Park stage activities continue with a dance-off at 3 p.m., karaoke sing-off at 3:30 p.m. and annual Lip Sync Contest at 4 p.m.
Activities at City Park wrap up by 4:30 p.m., but the festivities don’t end there. This year, there will be a free concert by the Terry Sheets Band from 8:30-11:30 p.m. behind the Community Center.
For more information about Youth Day and Youth Days past, see our special section in this week’s Express.