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Nearly 1,000 Yolo County people attended the Friends of the Yolo Branch Library and the Yolo County Library Classic Car and Truck Show in Yolo on Saturday.

Meg Sheldon, who organized the event, said she was delighted to host the event after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m thrilled to be able to come back and do this again for the community and all for the benefit of the Yolo Branch Library,” Sheldon said. “All proceeds from this event and all that Yolo Branch Library Friends do. It’s about supporting activities, services and materials to make this library the best it can be.

The Yolo Branch Library – located at 37750 Sacramento St. in Yolo – serves the communities of Yolo, Zamora, Dunnigan and surrounding areas.

Sheldon noted that the nonprofit’s last auto show raised about $9,000 for the library and believes this event will raise more.

“We have more cars, more people, but you know, that’s just part of it,” she explained. “It’s equally important to bring the community together and create a really fun, family-friendly free event.”

Sheldon thinks the event was a great opportunity to help the community better understand the library and what it has to offer. In addition, she highlighted the outreach of librarians in the library by providing free books to families attending the event.

“They work individually, talk to each child and parent about what they would like to read and show them some possibilities,” she explained. “So they choose a special book – or more – for them…and we love that about this event.”

To learn more about the nonprofit, visit friendsofyololibrary.org.

Over 130 classic cars and trucks attended the event, including a 1963 Studabaker owned by Knight’s Landing resident Shawn Cline.

“This car is documented as one of 273 made in 1963 with the supercharger,” Cline explained. “I redid everything mechanical, from the gas tank to the radiator, and it’s what they call a survivor car. It’s pretty special to me in more ways than one.

Cline said the event was a great opportunity for automotive folks to come together and show their appreciation.

“There’s nothing like it because the car people are a whole different clique,” he added. “They’re all on the same page, they’re all respectful and they love to interact and talk about cars.”

Several booths from local organizations and vendors were present at the event, selling handmade handbags, clothing, plants or providing the community with valuable information and resources.

Lana Reveles, president of the Cacheville Community Service District – which provides water services, attended the event to communicate the importance of conserving water during a severe drought.

“Our message is that people conserve water, so we made magnets they can put on their fridge so they know when to water and when not to water,” Reveles noted.

Additionally, Reveles and his team provided attendees with background information and data comparing previous droughts to the current drought to show why water conservation is necessary.

“If you look at the water levels, you can tell a big difference between low water and someone just using the water and not seeing what the graph is saying,” she said. Explain. “I mean, it really makes a difference.”

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