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Really digging those ducks are, from left, Zoey Neal, Sarina Robinson and Rayne Neal. These rubber ducks are available for purchase for the annual Youth Day Duck Derby, which happens on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. To purchase one or more ducks, call Kathy Cowan, 795-9090.

Photo by Debra DeAngelo


Youth Day
Is Just Ducky

Express editor
The biggest celebration of the year happens this weekend as the 79th annual Winters Youth Day takes place. The event began decades ago as a way to introduce youth to local government and has since evolved into an annual community homecoming of sorts, as youth of all ages get together with family and friends.
The event begins with the Annual Youth Day Duck Derby on Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m. behind the Community Center. The event is a major fundraiser for the Youth Day Committee, which organizes the entire Youth Day event.
Ducks will be on sale until 5:55 p.m., and there will be hot dogs and refreshments available. The ducks will drop into Putah Creek at 6 p.m. and float downstream, with the winning duck bringing in $500, with $250 going to the second place duck and $150 for third place.
Ducks cost $10 each, $50 for a Quack Pack of six and $100 for a Flock of 12. To purchase ducks before the event, contact Kathy Cowan, 795-9090.
Opening ceremonies officially begin at 7 p.m. inside the Community Center, where this year’s Youth Day Grand Marshal, Tawnya Martin, will be formally honored for her service to the youth of Winters. The Youth Day Sweetheart and Sweethunk will also be chosen. This year’s Sweetheart contestants are Selena Leon, Sofia Evanoff, Gabby Junez and Isabel Angel. The Sweethunk contestants are Chris Kays, Hunter Miller, Damon Burke and Vic Maldonado.
Following the formalities, Winters High School will sponsor a talent show. At 7:45 p.m., there will a free movie, “Hero 6,” shown behind the Community Center.
On Saturday, Youth Day begins bright and early with the annual Rotary Pancake breakfast from 6;30-9:30 a.m. at the Community Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children under 12. There is a $2 per ticket discount for those who show up for the breakfast by 7:30 a.m. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware, from any Rotarian or at the door.
Kiddie Parade sign-ups take place at 8;45 a.m. at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets, and the parade begins at 9:45 a.m. The main parade follows beginning at 10 a.m.

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Chris Kays wins the 100 meters
during the April 15 track meet.







Warriors show off their best stuff in invitational

Express sports

If you are a competitor, then facing tougher competition will bring out the best in you.
Riki Lucero, the Winters High School track coach, took four athletes to compete in the Woody Wilson Invitational track meet at UC Davis, and watched the best come out of each one of them.
Kohner Butts, Chris Kays, Sofia Evanoff and Rylee Guerrero all competed in the classic event that hosted 39 different schools from all across Northern California and each one had a personal best time.
Butts, a freshman clocked a 2:07.81 in the 800 meters a personal best time and the fourth fastest time in school history for a JV boys athlete.
Chris Kays clocked an 11.22 in the 100 meters for a personal best and ran a season best in the 200 meters with a time of 23.05. Evanoff clocked a personal best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.34 breaking her own school record of 2:2176. Evanoff also ran a 58.94 in the 400 and a 26.49 in the 200 meters.
Guererro’s results were not available and will be in next week’s paper with the results of the Warriors home meet on Wednesday, April 15.




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