Youth Day seeking Grand Marshal nominations, volunteers

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Ducks for the Duck Derby are now being sold to raise money for Youth Day festivities. (Andre Moura/Pexels)

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Planning efforts to bring back the annual Winter Youth Day continue as more opportunities for community members to participate and event details rolled out last week.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. This year’s theme is “Youthfully ever after.” Multiple events and activities are still in the works.

Parade
The Winters Youth Day Committee is seeking nominations for a Grand Marshall to lead the 84th Winters Youth Day Parade on Saturday, April 30. The nominee should have some connection or representation of working with or supporting Winters youth. Nominations are due on April 10 and should be sent to Mike Sebastian at mjsebast63@gmail.com or through a direct message on Facebook messenger.

The Youth Day Committee is also seeking volunteers to stay by the street closure barricades, help line up entries in each Parade division, and to run the check-in area on West Main Street. 

Main Street. Parade volunteers will be needed from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Horse marshals will start at 7 a.m. Interested volunteers should reach out to Sebastian.

The parade route for the Parade has been shortened. The route will begin at Fourth and Main Streets. It will go down Main Street, turn left at First Street and continue down to end at Edwards Street. The Parade will not go down to Baker Street as in previous years.

This has been done to prevent blocking off access to the center of town. Parade reviewing stands will remain in front of Anytime Fitness and in front of City Hall.

Entry forms for the Main Parade and the Kiddie Parade are both available on the Youth Day website, https://www.wintersyouthday.com.

Kiddie Parade entries can be handed in or filled out on the morning of the Parade starting at 8:45 a.m. on the corner of Fourth and Main Streets.

Judges will preview Kiddie Parade entries starting at 9:15 a.m. with the Kiddie Parade starting at 9:45 a.m.

​Categories for the Kiddie Parade are available on the Kiddie Parade information page.

The deadline to return entry forms for the Main Parade is April 15. There is no entry fee to enter.

Duck Derby
The sale of duck entries for the Duck Derby are officially open to the community. The sale of duck entries serves as the Youth Day fundraiser. The is $1,000 in cash up for grabs for three of the lucky winning duck entrants.

Duck entries are $10, and buyers will receive one free entry for every five that are purchased. In person duck sales will begin in April.

The Duck Derby is scheduled for Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m.

There is also a Downtown Duck Hunt scheduled at 3 p.m. for families to participate in on Friday.

The Duck Derby will be broadcast live on the Winters Express Facebook page @WintersExpress.

Movie night
The drive-in movie experience from last year is returning on Friday, April 29. Community members can watch a viewing of Disney’s Encanto on a 25-foot blowup screen. Attendees will need to bring their own radio to listen in to the audio. Green River Brewing & Taproom is hosting the event in their park, and Andy Pignatero’s State Farm office is sponsoring the event.

Park event
Park booth applications are now available to vendors and organizations. Vendor applications and one-day business license forms are available on the “vendor” page at https://www.wintersyouthday.com.

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