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What a great 82nd Youth Day! The Youth Day Committee deserves a great big hand for a job superbly done.

With thousands of visitors to Winters, this committee of volunteers pulled off a great family day. They must be mentioned, because hard work like this cannot go unnoticed. The 2018 Youth Day Committee consists of Carol Stone, Marie Heilman, Jude Kratzer, Kathy and Wade Cowan, Alice and David Rozman, Bob Williams, Tami Jo Schluns, and Pat and Annie Riley.

I also served as co-parade chairman alongside parade chairman Bob Williams and announced my 40th Youth Day Parade. With the addition of the Autos for Autism Car Show in this year’s parade, the atmosphere was wonderful and the parade had a great variety of entries.

Thank you to all our sponsors who donated to this year’s celebration. Without their support, Youth Day would be a fading memory.

I would like to thank some of the people who made the 82nd Youth Day Parade a big success. My parade marshals are my saviors. Most of the volunteers have helped me with the parade for many, many years, and I am truly grateful for the help. These great people are Alice and David Rozman, Bruce Guelden, Steve and Carmina Caselli, Theresa Pisani and Diane Bosse. The Rozmans did a tremendous job running the Kiddie Parade as well. It’s a very hard job and all these people made things run like a well-oiled machine.

A huge thank you goes out to a couple of newcomers to the Youth Day Parade. Richard Kleeberg, who took over as announcer at City Hall this year and did a fantastic job. Katie Pelletier, a freshman at Winters High School, did a remarkable job singing our National Anthem at both reviewing stands. You both are an asset to the Youth Day Experience.

A “thank you”goes out to the Winters Express for the fine coverage throughout the year; to Mariani Nut Company and Francisco Arrellano for supplying our flatbeds; to Gwen Pisani and everyone at Anytime Fitness for the use of their power for our reviewing stand; to all who donated their cars to carry our dignitaries, and to the fantastic Winters city crews for helping with everything from barricades to cleaning the horse trailer parking lot at Cody and Main.

Well, with another Youth Day under the belt, we look forward to next year’s 83rd Youth Day Celebration. We will be starting in the fall with the planning of next year’s celebration and we will be asking for help in running several events.

We will need commitments for volunteers for the parade if we want it to happen again. We were very short on volunteers for the parade this year, and were able to pull off a 90-entry parade with only eight people. That task requires at least 15-20 volunteers.

Many of us on the Youth Day Committee are considering an even lesser role. We need new blood to come in and run some of these events, such as the parade, student elections, and Kids Faire to keep Youth Day fun. Please consider helping and making sure Youth Day continues strong and proud!

MIKE SEBASTIAN

Youth Day Parade Chairman Emeritus

 

 

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