Winters Chamber Tractor 2020 contest winners

Tractor entry No. 54, by Jillian Ferguson, was awarded First Place in the Winters Chamber of Commerce tractor contest. Photo by Jeff Rawlinson/Winters Express

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The Winters Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Winters Trees & Tractors celebration event in lieu of the annual Winters Tractor Parade.

Community members were encouraged to spread holiday cheer by putting a lit Christmas tree either in front of their home or business, or to display it in a front window.

Winters residents not only rose to the challenge, but some went above and beyond by creating their own tractor parade displays. Front yards hosted a variety of tractors strung up with lights, or toy tractors in a light on front lawns.

The Winters Chamber also hosted a tractor display competition. Donnie Whitworth, a Winters High School agriculture teacher, lead efforts to get 100 plywood tractor silhouette cutouts created. Community members were able to sponsor a tractor cutout and decorate it as part of the competition.

The winning tractor displays are:

First place: Tractor Entry No. 54 by Jillian Ferguson who won a $300 cash prize.

Second place: Tractor Entry No. 69 by Little Pioneers Day Care who won a $200 cash prize.

Third place: Tractor Entry No. 31 by First Northern Bank won a $100 cash prize.

Winters Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Moualim said she is considering adding on the Trees & Tractor celebration event in upcoming years.

“Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event so fun and festive. The entries were all wonderfully creative,” Moualim said. “Maybe we have started a new tradition and addition to our tractor parade and festival for 2021.”

The Express Editorial team also conducted a tally of all the contest entries. A majority of team members expressed that the WHS Warriors tractor was one of their favorites. Other favorites included tractor display entries by Valerie Whitworth (Tractors No. 26-30), Emily Back (Tractor No. 76) and Sonya Godinez (Tractor No. 4).

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