The saying, "It Takes A Village," could not have been more appropriate on Saturday as the 57th Annual Red Suspenders Day Celebration began at 7 a.m., with the Gridley Little League Breakfast and continued right up until the end of the Gridley Museum's Tri-Tip Dinner at 7 p.m.
The Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce has worked hard for several months to bring a big day to Downtown Gridley and they did not disappoint. A total of 93 vendors lined the three parks along with Hazel Street, everything from Gridley FFA's plant sale to Grandpa's 1/4 pound Cookies.
The raucous Bed Races were entertaining once again with the firemen of Gridley's Company 74 taking first place, the Berry Creek Volunteers Company 52 in second and and Gridley Little League Minors in third place. Best bed went to ButteAuto Parts.
Thanks to the Gridley Lions Club handing the line-up of the parade, Announcers David Bassett and Mike Erickson, the beautiful voice of Melanie Little singing the National Anthem and Gridley-Biggs Police Chief Dean Price and the American Legion Honor Guard this year's parade went off without a hitch, even an added touch of big cascades of water shooting from a fire engine or two to the delight of the children running into the street to get cooled off.
Many thanks to Gridley Honda for their supportive help with each parade, you are very much appreciated.
Winners of the parade, which judges deemed very tough to call in some cases, were Orchard Hospital for the Grand Marshal's $250 prize, which they donated back to the Chamber of Commerce, Canine Companions $150, Sycamore Beginning Band $100 and Amigos De Acaballo $50. Best Vintage Tractor trophy went to Norman Jensen and the Best Military/Patriotic Group Northern Recon Group.
There were so many volunteers it would be impossible to name all of them but each helped make the day a big success especially the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints Missionaries, Gridley High School Leadership Class, the Mi Casa After School Education Group and the Gridley High Key Club. Each of these young adults were a delight to work with and are very much appreciated. Many thanks to Nicole and Tanner for all your help. To all the adult volunteers, your endless help is very much appreciated but way too many to thank with the fear of leaving someone out.
Of course this day would not be possible without the continuous support and physical labor of the Gridley-Biggs Police Department, The Gridley Fire Department and The City of Gridley's Electric and Public Works Crews. Each of these departments were represented at each planning meeting over the year besides all of the work they put into Saturday.
The Gridley Cruizers brought a lot of people to see the many beautiful classic cars on display up and down Kentucky Street.
Many thanks to Austin King and the Sycamore and Gridley High School Bands which sounded terrific as always.
The judges had a tough job and the Chamber would like to thank Donna Decker, Cindy Townsend and Bo Sheppard.
Next up for the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Gridley Farmers Market which will be held in Daddow Park starting Tuesday, June 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.