The Citizens for a Better Williams kicked off their 10th anniversary during the annual Williams Pioneer Day.
The annual event began at 9:00 AM, with downtown vendors selling crafts, baked goods, tacos, barbecue sandwiches, shaved ice, pizza and much more.
“We had 27 vendors this year,” said Marilu Molina, “Its great seeing everyone come out and participate.”
At 10:00 AM the parade began with just over 21 entries. The parade included local supervisor candidates, Williams, Colusa, Maxwell and CDF Fire Departments, as well as several organizations.
Serving as the Grand Marshall this year was the 2016 Williams High School Boys Basketball and Football Team.
“The Williams High School Varsity Football Team were section runner-ups with a record of 8-5, and the Varsity Boys Basketball team were Section Champions with a 20-4 record,” said Citizens for a Better Williams President, Pat Ash.
Parade entry winners included: Williams High School Cheerleaders, taking 1st Place; The Williams Fire Department taking 2nd Place, and the Williams Community Church took 3rd Place.
Following the Parade, the Williams Fire Department hosted a ‘Fire Fighters Muster’ with local fire agencies.
As the sun set on the western horizon, Williams community members were dazzled by a display of fireworks sponsored by Morning Star.
The Citizens for a Better Williams took on the Pioneer Day Celebration in 2006. Pioneer Days has been part of the Williams Community Since the 1970’s.
Serving the Williams Community for 10 Years
Formed in 2006, the Citizens for a Better Williams strives to improve the general appearance of the town. Today the group maintains the flower beds at the railroad tracks, commissioned a mural of the historic Williams Hotel, as well as hosts the annual Pioneer Day event, the Festival of Lights holiday celebration, and hosts the summer concerts in the park series.
“Our motto is ‘Because We Care’ and it shows,” said Citizens for a Better Williams President, Pat Ash.
Since its formation, the organization has raised nearly $100,000 through donations from the community and service projects. In doing so, the group has given back by contributing thousands of volunteer hours cleaning city streets, as well as contributing to the Williams City Pool Restoration Project, contributed to the restoration of the Williams Fire Departments Old Engine No. 1, as well as contributed to the training for the Williams K9 Unit.
“This was the first year that the Citizens for a Better Williams awarded its first scholarship,” said Ash.
The scholarship was awarded to Nikita Patel for her unselfish dedication to volunteering and give back to those less fortunate.
Additionally, the group has paid tribute to its military service members by sending packages to troops overseas, raising funds to help a local wounded warrior, as well as developed a flag program to honor its veterans; the group also orchestrates the efforts in honoring veterans returning home from service.
“Our military men and women have always been a priority of the Citizens for a Better Williams,” said Ash, “We are all aware of the price they paid and the respect they deserve and will continue to do the best we can to demonstrate that.”
The Citizens for a Better Williams meets on the third Monday of each month upstairs at the ‘Tuscan Lodge’, 530 7th Street, in Williams at 6:00 PM. Visit them on Facebook or their website at www.downtownwilliams.com.