Youth Day committee seeking volunteers to plan event

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The Winters Youth Day committee is looking for community members to step up to help plan the 2022 event.

Winters Youth Day was originally founded in 1933 to teach young people the aspects of city government. It has since grown into popular event hosted annually to celebrate youth with a parade down Main Street and activities at the City Park.

The coronavirus pandemic caused the committee to make the decision to cancel the event in both 2020 and 2021. Now, the committee is hopeful that Winters Youth Day will make its return on April 30, 2022. However, without more volunteers to help plan the events the 2022 celebration may fizzle.

Carol McMasters-Stone, Winters Youth Day committee treasurer, said they don’t have enough volunteers to hold the event. Ideally, they have a few people to help plan the different activities including the Main Street parade, and official chairpersons to coordinate the Duck Derby and City Park vendors and activities.

“If we don’t get enough help we are hoping to at least have the parade, but that may be all we can do,” said McMasters-Stone.

McMasters-Stone said they also are in need of additional volunteers for the big events on April 29 and April 30 to help with set up, clean up, and more.

The Winters Youth Day committee is currently meeting once a month via Zoom. But come March, meetings will bump up to twice a month, and then every week in April. McMasters-Stone said they do their best to schedule the meetings to accommodate everyone who is volunteering and planning events.

In a letter to the community, McMasters-Stone said many of the current committee members have been serving for more than 10 years. She noted that long-time Youth Day volunteer Mike Sebastian has attempted to retire from the committee twice, but is back again this year in hopes of bringing the event back in person.

McMasters-Stone said that they are in need of new volunteers with new ideas to help keep the Winters Youth Day event going.

Community members who are interested in volunteering, who have questions, or who would like to attend the month meetings should send an email to wintersyouthday@gmail.com for more information.

More information about Winters Youth Day can be found on the Youth Day website at https://www.wintersyouthday.com/.

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