Tractor decorating contest set for Dec. 7
For information about the tractor decorating contest or for an application, call Vicky at All Star Reality or visit the city website at www.cityofcolusa.com.
Christmas Tyme in Colusa means tractors.
The organizers behind the third incarnation of the 17-year holiday tradition is holding a tractor decorating contest with a first prize of $750.
"Anyone can participate in that," said Patty Hickel, a member of the committee organizing the event, which will be held on Market Street from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
The contest is in keeping with the theme of "Winter Agriland."
Hickel is quick to point out, however, that event organizers are not looking for the monster harvesters seen out in the rice fields right now.
The tractors that will be allowed in the contest are considered "small to medium," Hickel said, adding that a more precise definition of the requirements comes with the application paperwork.
The contest is open to the first 20 entries. All the tractors will be on display at the event.
Organizers said the tractors will be used to help block off the side streets from Fourth to Eighth streets, or will be on display at other locations as needed.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 9, the same due date for vendor and entertainment applications.
Requests to vendors have been sent out, but anyone interested in having a booth can call Marilyn Acree, 458-3626.
Any individual or group wishing to be part of the entertainment, also can contact Acree by the deadline.
The Stardust dance troupe from Maxwell is already signed up to perform, and will appear in the Sankey Automobile showroom, outside of which visitors to the event can watch through the big windows.
The city has agreed to pay upward of $3,900 for the overtime of police, fire and public works staff needed to make the event work.
The Lions and Rotary clubs are on board, and art students at Colusa High School have developed a marketing logo.
The event has also teamed up with the California Highway Patrol's annual toy drive and the annual Colusa County Food Basket effort.
Those attending the event will be asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy and canned goods to help the Christmas spirit to be spread around to some of the most needy in the county.
The Community Foundation of Colusa County is handling the funds for the organizers, which allows anyone making donations to help the event be successful to take a tax deduction.