Melissa Dowden, coordinator and coach, said that the Cheer Festival was to help offset the cost to send the girls to Nationals in Las Vegas.
“It’s kind of our Super Bowl,” said Dowden.
The bounce house, food, games, crafts, and face painting were all to raise money for the trip.
Dowen said that the Midgets, ages 13 and younger placed second in regionals, and Pee Wees, aged 10 and under, placed third.
The placements are why they have been invited to nationals, which is set for Jan. 23-26, 2020.
Jordin Madrigal, 10, said she intends to win the giant teddybear trophy for the team with the best showmanship and spirit.
If they do win it, then it will be for the fourth year in a row.
This was the first festival fundraiser for the young cheer teams.
“Slow, but it was OK for a holiday weekend,” said Dowden, who has been coaching for six years.
Dowden said she will also be looking to continue raising funds at the upcoming Williams Festival of Lights and Christmas Tyme in Colusa for each of the 24 girls to go to the competition. The cost is $500 each.
The squad began Saturday at 7:30 AM for a long day, but the girls didn’t seem to mind.
“I liked helping other people had a good time,” said Molly O’Canas, 9, “I think they felt really happy because you could see smiles of the little kids faces.”
Not just kids, but people of all ages seemed to have a good time, according to Je’Naiya Johnson, 11, who said that the winner of the guessing game of candy in a jar was particularly enthusiastic.
“I liked making people smile,” she said.
Yamilet Gonzalez, 10, said that the crafts were her favorite part of the festival.
Madrigal participated in “Pie a Cheerleader in the Face” and proudly kept whipped cream on her face all day. ■