A Winters Express opinion column
By Charley Wallace
No one knows exactly how many people were in Winters last Friday and Saturday, but there were thousands. The Friday Elf on a Shelf, Chocolate Stroll and Tree Lighting were well attended. Thanks for Ample Electric for their work on our Christmas trees and the merchants for hosting everyone downtown.
Our farmers must have a lot of time on their hands because they did a great job decorating their tractors and other farm implements for the parade. I especially like the forklifts and old tractors. I saw a few older tractors during daylight hours and their paint jobs and restoration work were impressive. Maybe I should have watched the parade from under a streetlight.
It isn’t often that our streets become parking lots, but it was way past my bedtime before the last car made it out of Winters. It looked like Grant Avenue had gridlock all the way to Davis and Highway 505 looked like Highway 80 on a Friday afternoon.
The Marianis allowed the Rotary Club to use two of their parking lots for a fundraiser and the lots filled up by 5:30, making for an easy shift. One hundred percent of the money will go towards local Rotary projects that benefit our community. No one balked at the $5 donation, and we did get a handful of change and a few extra dollars.
A big thank you to Taylor Buley who organized the parking crew and his two young ones, Beckett and Forest, who helped collect the money. It was sad when Forest, his youngest, realized that he didn’t get to keep the money. A cookie helped ease his pain.
It takes a lot of people to put on an event like the Tractor Parade. PG&E stepped up and allowed their people to volunteer with traffic control, helping our city crews, chamber volunteers, police and fire departments. I didn’t hear of any problems with the crowds, but I haven’t talked to Chief Miller, yet.
Our other big event is Youth Day and the YD committee is getting the wheels in motion to bring back the event this April. If you want to help with local activities, contact the Chamber of Commerce or other groups that put on events to keep us entertained. You don’t need to wait to be asked, it is okay to raise your hand and volunteer.
It is never too early to plan for next year’s parade, so find a tractor and hook up some lights. Maybe a few tractors in the Youth Day Parade would brighten up our lives.
Have a good week.