Youth Day fans didn’t let a little cool weather stand in the way of their fun this year, and although skies were gray and cloudy for most of the day, Main and First Streets were lined with clapping, cheering people and City Park was filled from one end to the other with families, children, activities and vendor booths.
Festivities began the night before with the annual Duck Derby. Tubs of rubber ducks were dumped into Putah Creek below the new car bridge, and then tracked with enthusiasm by those on the shore. This year’s winners were all Lindas: Linda Mariani’s duck came in first, followed by Linda Rodriguez’ duck in second and Linda Springer’s in third. Bruce Guelden’s duck won “last place” honors and will get him 12 ducks in next year’s derby.
Following the Duck Derby, Parade Chairman Mike Sebastian led the opening ceremonies, held in the Rotary Park gazebo this year, amid the Winters Chamber of Commerce’s Friday in the Park (formerly known as Fourth Friday Feast). Sebastian announced that Mike Challender was chosen as the Educator of the Year, and then formally honored representatives from the Project Playground Committee, this year’s Youth Day Grand Marshal.
The Youth Day Sweetheart court was then introduced — Audrey Saehao, Alejandra Hernandez and Anne Guidici — and Sweethunk Moises Garcia placed a tiny silver heart necklace around each one’s neck. This year’s Sweetheart was Karina Del Toro.
Saturday morning began with the traditional Rotary Pancake Breakfast, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Winters, which coordinates the entire meal each year.
Next came the Kiddie Parade, featuring decorated bicycles and marching groups, all reflecting this year’s theme, a take on the Dr. Seuss classic children’s book — “Oh the Places Youth Can Go,” followed by the Main (Street) event, the annual Youth Day Parade, complete with bands, floats, horses, cars and plenty of dignitaries and officials.
After the parade, City Park became the hub of activity, including a dance-off, lip sync contest and singing contest. The dance-off winner was Noah Thach, with second place honors going to Gracie Zaragoza, Gracie Butler, AJ Zaragoza, Carson Alvarado, EJ Cruz and Isaiha Pasmino. There was a tie for third place between Jordan Skaggs and Lexi Ferguson, and a second team known only as “Nate & Anna.”
Gracie Zaragoza and Gracie Butler won the lip sync contest, followed by: Jordyn Skaggs, Lexi Ferguson and Serena Robinson in second, and Ryane, Zoey and Cayden Neal in third.
First place honors in the singing contest went to Mimi and JJ Abbker, followed Noah Thach in second and Gracie Zaragoza in third.
In the quieter activities, Ricardo Hernandez and Yasmin Guzman were the winners of the Winters Express coloring contest.
In the kiddie parade, the results are as follows:
~ Sweepstakes Award: Nani Tukumoeatu
~ Decorated Bicycle: first, Elena Ortiz; second, Julian Lares; third, Abrew Bentley
~ Costume: first, Emerson Skaggs; second, Josie Snyder; third, Marlene Padilla
~ Wagon/Scooter: first, Nani Tukumoeatu; second, Dallas and Michol; third, Drew Snyder
~ Group: first, Winters Elementary School; second, Tree House Children’s Center; third, Sophia, Scarlett and Des Valeriano
~ Mini-Float: first, Brookie and Makayla Baylor; second, Sam Montgomery; third, Sam Montgomery
In the main parade, the results are as follows:
~ Sweepstakes Award, $500: Little Pioneers Day Care Center, Pioneer Presbyterian Church
~ High School Float: first, $200, Winters ASB; second, $100, Winters High Robotics Program
~ Other Schools Float: first, $200, Winters Parent Nursery School; second, $100, Winters State Preschool
~ Church Float: first, $200, Little Pioneers Day Care Center, Pioneer Presbyterian Church; second, $100, The Life Center
~ Local Organization Float: first, $200, Project Playground Committee; second, $100, Winters AYSO Program
~ Out of Town Float: first, $200, Charlie Schaupp for Congress
~ Junior Marching Unit: first, $200, Napa Pepperettes Junior Baton Corps, Napa: second, $100, Catholic School Majorettes, Sacramento
~ High School Band: first, $200, Winters High School Band
~ Junior High Band: first, $200, Winters Middle School Band
~ Other Bands: first, $200, Travis Air Force Base Jazz Band; second, $100, Winters Friends of the Library Band
~ Military Color Guard: first, $200, Napa Solano Veteran Riders
~ Senior Color Guard: first, $200, Winters VFW Post 11091 Color Guard; second, Senior Color Guard, $100, Yolo Post 77 American Legion
~ Junior Color Guard, first, $200, Winters Middle School Band Color Guard
~ Antique: first, trophy, 1940 Buffalo, Winters Fire Department
~ Contemporary: first, trophy, Winters Fire Department Engine 26
~ Decorated Auto: first, trophy, Duckie Phillips; second, ribbon, Winters High School Hall of Fame Inductees
~ Custom Auto: trophy, Paul Biasi, 1929 Rat Rod
~ Classic Auto: first, trophy, 1956 GMC Carryall with Teardrop Trailer; second, ribbon, Grant Davids, 1970 Chevelle
~ Novelty Vehicle: first, trophy, Cibara Motor Corps. Go-Carts; second, ribbon, Bill Skaggs, Support Our Troops Jeep
~ Novelty Marching Unit: first, trophy, Winters Friends of the Library; second, ribbon, Destination Dance, Winters
All horse entries win a trophy for first place and a ribbon for second place
~ Senior Sweepstakes Award: $200, Los Caporales Charros, Woodland
~ Pooper Scoopers, first, $200, Winters 4-H
~ Charro Mounted Group: first, Los Caporales Charros, Woodland; second, Charro Mounted Group, Los Charros de Winters
~ Sheriff’s Posse: first, Yolo County Sheriff’s Posse Mounted Unit