Youth Day committee may cancel 2023 event if new volunteers don’t step up to help plan, sit on board

Youth of One participants march in the 2022 Youth Day parade. (Courtesy photo)

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The annual Winters Youth Day event may be canceled if more community members do not volunteer to help plan the different aspects or to sit on the committee’s board.

President Mike Sebastian told the Express that only two board members are left, and they cannot plan the event alone. Sebastian said the responsibilities that come with planning the event are too much to handle for just the two of them.

“Our secretary/treasurer and Assistant General Chairman have had to take a leave due to a family emergency in Central California. With her on leave, that leaves only two board members to run the entire event,” Sebastian said. “I am limited in what I can do due to my health, so it is imperative that we get a few more volunteers to help run the show.”

The 85th annual celebration is expected to take place on the last Saturday of April. If not enough volunteers step up by the end of the month, Sebastian said they will cancel the event for this year.

According to Sebastian, they are in need of a few more folks to sit on the board, as well as to serve as event chairs to help plan the different activities including the Main Street parade and Kiddie parade, the Duck Derby, City Park vendors and to coordinate children’s activities. The committee is specifically in need of someone with accounting experience to serve as Treasurer to handle finances.

Last year, the Youth Day Committee was in a similar position of needing volunteers to step up. Sebastian is a long-time Youth Day volunteer and has attempted to retire from the committee multiple times, but stepped up to help bring the event back in person following the pandemic.

Sebastian said it is vital that individuals who would like to volunteer to contact him sooner than later because there are upcoming deadlines to get permits submitted and to get communications sent out.

Community members who are interested in volunteering or who have questions about what the volunteer needs are should send an email to for more information. More information about Winters Youth Day can be found on the Youth Day website at

Youth Day theme
Additionally, the Youth Day committee is holding the annual theme contest for the 85th annual Youth Day Celebration in April.  A $100 prize will be awarded to the winning theme.

“We are tight on time this year so please submit your theme ideas,” Sebastian said.

Theme submissions should be emailed to by the end of the month. Sebastian said they need to have the theme selected by February.

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