Fireworks put the fun in fundraising

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A fireworks booth sits near Lorenzo’s Supermarket off Grant Road in Winters, June 25, 2018. Photo by Taylor Buley

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The hardest part about buying fireworks in Winters is perhaps figuring out how to spend the money. No matter what, however, those who pull off Grant Ave. to purchase fireworks from a roadside stand within city limits knows they’ll be buying the right thing, doing the right thing, and getting plenty of bang for the buck.

“One booth, the funds all go to subsidize Winters Little League to keep the cost of registration down,” says little league chief John Rodriguez. The other? “We use it to maintain help maintaining the pool,” says local swim queen Bobbie Greenwood.

Starting on Thursday June 28th at noon, and then every dayfrom 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the 4th of July, volunteers from Winters Little League and Winters Swim Team are slated to be posted outside of Berryessa Sporting Goods, standing down the hot sun while trying to spark interest from passers-by. The groups will sell firework items that have been approved and classified as “Safe and Sane” by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal.

So-called “Safe and Sane” fireworks are approved for sale for a short time by Winters Municipal Code. Possession of illegal fireworks is considered a misdemeanor, according to the Winters Police Department, and is punishable by up to a year in state prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The fireworks booths are the single major fundraiser for the year for the Winters Swim Team, and one of two major fundraisers for Winters Little League.

“For little league, it’s the fireworks and the crab feed,” says Rodriguez. The volunteer notes Winters Little League services around 330 youth aged 14 and under. “Most leagues that are solely run on registration fees, it’s maybe $100-$200 and that’s just to outfit them. Umpires, field maintenance, lights. In Winters we’re $60.”

As for the swim team, “we use it to pay our employees,” says Greenwood, noting a new coach added this year and three to four other locals who help out with overseeing team operations. “We have hundreds of kids on this swim team… you can’t have this many kids and not have a lot of help.”

Parent Alissa Clark is on the schedule to spent a couple of shifts in the sun. Why volunteer? “It’s for the kids,” she says dutifully.

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  1. Is it me or does this article seem out of touch with Winters? Let’s find a way to contribute to the good causes without setting more fires.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Can you expand on what you mean by out of touch? This article was published before the County Fire, if that’s what you mean. But even then, I’m not sure I yet understand your point. How can I do better?

  2. Is it me or does this article seem out of touch with Winters? Let’s find a way to contribute to the good causes without setting more fires.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Can you expand on what you mean by out of touch? This article was published before the County Fire, if that’s what you mean. But even then, I’m not sure I yet understand your point. How can I do better?

  3. I hope the Little League will find another way to raise funds and that Yolo County will outlaw personal fireworks. The news is full of fires started by fireworks, including so-called “safe and sane” ones.

  4. I hope the Little League will find another way to raise funds and that Yolo County will outlaw personal fireworks. The news is full of fires started by fireworks, including so-called “safe and sane” ones.

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