On Sunday, August 17, 2008, the 20th anniversary of the Dia Del Campesino event was held in Gridley’s Daddow Park.
On Sunday, August 17, 2008, the 20th anniversary of the Dia Del Campesino event was held in Gridley’s Daddow Park. The event, which in English translates to, “Day of the Farm Worker”, is an event sponsored by the Hispanic Resource Council of Northern California, in cooperation with state, county, and local public service groups, along with both large and small businesses, churches, schools and public safety services to provide information and public education to members of the community. As with many public events in the community of Gridley, local community members immediately took the opportunity to make it a party. Committee Chairperson, Nicki Herrera-Llerenas, along with committee members Raul Raygoza and Ronnie Rosales, said that they were very pleased with the turnout. The well attended event, which was estimated to have served approximately 600 persons, was very successful. It is also a celebration of Cultural diversity, something the City of Gridley prides itself on. The carnival-like atmosphere included booths with a bounce house and other activities for children, Mexican food, hotdogs, snow-cones and a raffle. Many local businesses and organizations provided raffle prizes. Gridley-Biggs Police Department and Farmers Insurance each provided a bicycle and helmet for the raffle and two computers donated by Migrant Education were also given away. Free health screenings, diabetes and blood pressure checks were offered to the community, along with information on breast cancer awareness, prevention of childhood lead poisoning and children’s nutritional counseling. Entertainment was provided by a band of Mariachis and a pair of traditional Mexican dancers. Gridley has a fantastic sense of community spirit and unity, truly representing one of the last bastions of the idea of Main Street, USA, where neighbors come together like days of old. The centerpiece of the event was the “Through education, you can do it!”, community mural drawn by local amateur artist Mario Viveros, and produced by Youth First. Wells Fargo Bank was the major business sponsor of the event.
Third Assembly District Republican Assemblyman, Rick Keene, had planned to attend, but was unable due to emergency budget sessions in Sacramento. Assemblyman Keene did however, send his representative, Steve Thompson, who spoke on the assemblyman’s behalf. Mr. Thompson said that he was “extremely happy and impressed to see an event celebrating Gridley’s cultural diversity represented by such a wide cross-section of businesses, public services and the community at large.” He was also pleased to see how the local community recognizes the importance of reaching out to immigrants to provide information on all aspects of life, including health, financial, public safety and education, in an event to ensure that they receive the best possible chance at establishing themselves as productive and successful members of the community.
Just a few of the 40+ booths represented were Wells Fargo Bank, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, Butte County Department of Public Health, Gridley-Biggs Police Department, The Knights of Columbus, Manzanita School, Butte College LEAD ESL, Valley Oak Children’s Services, Migrant Education, Head Start Programs, Gold Country Partnership, Club de Padres Hispanos, Novo Nordisk, Del Norte Clinics, Inc., Rowell Family Empowerment, Community Housing Improvement Program (C.H.I.P), Fair For All, (promoting smoke free families) Farmers Insurance, Waste Management, Legal Services of Northern California, Gridley Parks and Recreation Department, and Far Northern Regional Center (for person with developmental disabilities.)