Hometown Heroes will be recognized when the annual Pioneer Day Parade kicks off on Saturday.
Pioneer Day, which has been around for about five decades, was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s back.
Approval for the 2021 event has been granted, although the Williams City Council told organizers in April that no park gatherings would be allowed until July 1, or until Colusa County reached the Yellow tier on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s blueprint for the economy.
However, while the county remains in the Orange tier, community spread has been almost nonexistent, prompting Williams Parks and Recreation to open city parks on May 26. City officials are still asking those attending indoor and outdoor gatherings this weekend to keep to social distancing practices, and wear a mask if not vaccinated against the SARS-COV-2 virus.
Pioneer Day activities include a vendor fair, which opens at 9 AM in Redinger Park, sponsored by Karen’s House. The Pioneer Day Parade, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Williams, gets underway at 10 AM on E. Street.
“For the first time ever, we will be awarding cash prizes of $300 (first place), $200 (second place), $100 (third place) for the best entries,” CBW member Pat Ash said. Entry forms are available at New Attitudes, 520 7th St., and Alma’s Beauty, 570 7th St., Williams.
And what is a Williams Pioneer Day celebration without a visit to the Sacramento Valley Museum, located at 1491 E. St., to learn all about pioneer history.
The Museum will open at 11 AM on Saturday, so everyone can enjoy the parade, said Dixie LaGrande, board member, and will close at 5 PM.
Afternoon events at the museum will include a scavenger hunt and children’s activities from 2-4 PM. There is no admission or cost, but donations will be welcomed.
“The museum invites the public to visit and enjoy special activities,” LaGrande said. “Have fun learning how pioneers churned butter, for example. Explore our regional displays, which address our family and community life in our northern Central Valley.
The museum asks all visitors to please enter downstairs and exit from the westside gate.
Pioneer Day also serves to unite Williams alumni. This year, alumni are invited to stroll down memory lane with a visit to Williams High School.
The High School gym will be open on Pioneer Day from noon-1:30 PM for anyone who might want to see the new and improved championship banners (1957 to 1974), and see the new gym floor, bleachers and paint.
A memorial planting will be held at 2 PM at the District offices (Education Village), 499 Marguerite St., for Steve Tuttle, Class of 1966.
Pioneer Day wraps up when darkness falls (about 9 PM), with the annual fireworks show, sponsored by Morning Star Packing Co. §