Smaller parade, same Youth Day spirit

Courtesy photo MaryElla and LillyBelle Galabasa won the Kiddie Parade Sweepstakes award at the 2023 Youth Day event. (Courtesy photo)

Support Local Journalism


The 85th annual Winters Youth Day came with slight changes this year, but Youth Day committee members still brought out the small-town fun and spirit for the community to enjoy.

The Kiwanis Club of Winters organized the 9th annual Duck Derby on Friday, April 28, outside of the Winters Community Center. Children were invited to plant sunflower or California poppy seeds and play in a cloud of bubbles as community members adopted the last of the rubber duck racers.

With kayakers at the ready, the ducks dove into Putah Creek. Some tapped out early, while others floated lazily toward the finish line. The 2023 Duck Derby winners included Joel Kling’s duck in first, Bob Young’s duck in second place and Dawn Edwards’ duck in third place. The last duck pulled from the creek belonged to Stacey Hall. Hall will receive a flock of ducks in the 2024 Duck Derby event.

The number of entries in this year’s Youth Day Main Parade was fewer in numbers, but it didn’t stop the community from lining the streets to wave and celebrate those who signed up to march down Main Street. This year’s Kiddie Parade and Main Parade winners include:

Kiddie Parade

Sweepstakes Award: MaryElla and LillyBelle Galabasa

Decorated Bicycle
First Place: Audrey and Leah Gallo, and Finnegan Nolan; Second Place: Jay Vickrey; Third Place: Josiah Gisi

First Place: Sadie and Noelle Balogh; Second Place: Mieka McClain, Brooke Plechaty, Nora Nolan, and Emily Adams; Third Place: Owen and Alba Unger

First Place: Marcus and Mariah Langum; Second Place: Abby and Jack Nelson; Third Place: Max and Matias Sanchez

First Place: KJ Kaeser and Olivia Driver; Second Place: June Lonergan; Third Place: Cooper Connolly

First Place: Alessandra and Cesar Jesus; Second Place: Brinn and Chelsea Medina; Third Place: Cody and Brynlee Johnston

Mini Float
First Place: Emerson Skaggs; Second Place: Camryn and Carson Conner, June Lonergan, and Dahlia Alameda; Third Place: Michol and Bryant Prado-Garcia

Main Parade

Sweepstakes Award: Roxie’s Flower Truck

First Place Other Schools Float: Winters Middle School Club Live

Marching Units
First Place Senior Marching Unit: Napa Pepperettes Senior Baton Corps. Napa, CA

First Place Junior Marching Unit: Winters Girl Scouts Marching Unit, Second Place Junior Marching Unit: Napa Pepperettes Junior Baton Corps. Napa, CA

First Place High School Band: Winters High School Band

First Place Junior High Band: Winters Middle School Band

First Place Other Bands: Winters Friends of the Library Band

Color Guards
First Place Senior Color Guard: Yolo Post 77 American Legion

Fire Trucks
First Place Antique: 1940 Buffalo – Winters Fire Department

First Place Custom Auto – Trophy – American Chopper – Sam Fernandez

First Place Classic Auto: 1929 Model A Ford – Frank Martinez, Second Place Classic Auto: 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner – Ryan Langlai

First Place Novelty Vehicle: Cibara Motor Corps, Sacramento;  Second Place Novelty Vehicle: California Dream Express Train

First Place Novelty Marching Unit: Winters Friends of the Library, Second Place Novelty Marching Unit: Golden Retrievers Drill Team

(All First Place Trophies )

Senior Sweepstakes Award: Halima Barnes, Lodi

First Place Charro Mounted Group: Los Caporales Charros, Woodland

First Place Miniature Class: Halima Barnes, Lodi

First Place Family Group: Rancho Tres Potrancas, Winters

First Place Sheriff’s Posse: Yolo County Sheriff’s Posse Mounted Unit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous Article

Planning Commission approves Grocery Outlet sign

Next Article

Demographic study predicts moderate growth of student enrollment in near future

Related Posts