A Quick Opinion: Youth Day is small town living at its best

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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charley Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

After a two year break, Youth Day was back, along with another sausage/pancake breakfast. From all reports, it was a successful event. Four hundred seventy-five people paid to have breakfast, and a few volunteers that slipped through the back door. We normally have over 500, but with COVID and everything, it was a good turnout. For those that stopped by, thank you, and we will see you next year. For those that didn’t enjoy the best sausage in Western Yolo County, make your calendar for the last Saturday in April, 2023.

I have helped with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast for years, but I always had a co-chair, or was just a worker bee. John Donlevy and I co-chaired the event for years, but he has abandoned Winters for a new life in Auburn.

As Youth Day got closer and I had to start the ball rolling for the breakfast, I realized just how much John did to make everything run smoothly. The first indication that he was missing was when someone asked me about the Rotary Wagon and roadside signage. That was John’s job and I hadn’t looked for another volunteer to take over his position. Where is Larry Justice when you need him?

There were a few other hiccups, but Rotarians and volunteer firefighters stepped up and the breakfast was a success. It was a little different than pre-COVID, with more individual serving pieces, different potatoes and eggs toppings, but the sausage was tasty and that is all that really matters.

The parade was just long enough, but had a few too many politicians. I hope everyone realizes just how much effort goes into the parade and the rest of Youth Day. The park was full of children and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I don’t know how the vendors came out, but for a re-start, it looked good to me. I didn’t make it to the duck race, I didn’t have a duck in the creek, so I took the evening off.

I guess you are never too old to learn something about yourself. I thought I had the energy to take care of everything myself, but I was running on fumes by the end of the day as we were closing down the beer booth at City Park. I now have a list of people that stepped up, and those that didn’t that might need a little prodding next year.

I’m taking a break from writing, so have a good month.

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