Esmeralda Rivera is a 24-year resident of Williams.
A mother of four, Rivera enjoys her seasonal job as tomato processor at Morning Star in Williams and running her rental properties, also located in Williams.
“I love the quiet small town I live in,” said Rivera.
Rivera understands small town life as she was raised in Hamilton City, where many of her family still reside.
“I came to live in Williams after my brother invited my sister and me to a dance in Yuba City, where I met my husband,” said Rivera. “Six months later, on my mom’s birthday, he proposed. It took us a year to get everything together for the wedding. We were married in September in Chico.”
In her spare time, Rivera enjoys cooking for her family and learning new braiding techniques.
“I stay very busy with work and the rentals, but my family is most important to me,” said Rivera.
Rivera celebrated her birthday last week.
“I always look forward to my birthday because my youngest daughter and I share the same birthday.”
Rivera has enjoyed the summer with her family.
“I love the summer vacation with the kids. My oldest just graduated from Williams High School, and it has been nice to spend time with her,” said Rivera.
The Colusa County Fair is Rivera’s favorite county event. In past years she has braided hair for some of the Junior Livestock exhibitors on show day.
“I like to do new braids and see the kids happy with their hair,” said Rivera. “The fair is one of my family’s favorite County events. It brings us all together for a great time.” ■