Chamber planning two days of holiday events, seeking volunteers

Santa Claus leads the 2019 Winters Tractor Parade.

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The Winters District Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3 and the Tractor Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4.

These popular holiday events always attract a large turnout and participation. This year, the event has been extended to be a two-day event.

On Friday between 4–8:30 p.m. the Winters Wonderland & Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at Rotary Park in downtown Winters. Other events on Friday include a hot cocoa crawl, an elf hunt, live music, a visit with Santa, food trucks and holiday goodies. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the annual Tractor Parade returns. Food trucks will begin serving at 4:30 p.m., with the parade festivities starting at 6:30 p.m.

Chamber Executive Director Sue Moualim said, “We’re very excited that this year the tractor parade is a two-day event. Friday night will be very reminiscent of a hometown Christmas and it makes the tractor parade a stand-alone event, which is great.”

To pull off the Tractor Parade and to keep the event safe, more volunteers are needed for Saturday’s festivities.

“As the event has grown so has the need for volunteers,” said Moualim.

Although the Chamber indicates that 70 or more volunteers are needed for the Tractor Parade, Moualim said there’s still a need for about 30 more.

The call is for volunteers to monitor the parade route to keep attendees safe and away from the tractors, assist with traffic control at specific intersections and assist staff with various assignments as they come up. Four volunteers are needed to follow at the end of the parade and carry poles to block entry from the rear.

“We’re asking folks to consider volunteering to help and if they would like to sponsor the tractor parade or both events, we would really appreciate the support. It takes a big effort to bring these events to Winters and your help will make it something to be enjoyed year after year,” said Moualim.

Volunteers should be able-bodied adults 21 and over and able to stand and walk around to set up and for the duration of the parade. Positions are also available for young adults between 18-21 years of age to assist event staff. For details about volunteer opportunities and to sign up, visit bit.ly/3oPDjjJ.

Individuals and group members interested in volunteering can also visit the Chamber’s website (www.winterschamber.com) or call Moualim at 530-795-2329.

Event sponsorships are being offered at $300 and $700 levels. For details about sponsorship opportunities, visit bit.ly/3owozGa.

The Tractor Parade is limited to 50 tractors, and operators are encouraged to register early. The Chamber is accepting tractor parade registration entries online at bit.ly/3CerzvG.

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