Gridley Red Suspenders Days Marks 55th Year

Celebration roots are in firefighting.

Posted: May. 14, 2018 4:21 PM

Gridley, CA. - The 55th Annual Gridley Red Suspenders Days take place on May 18th and 19th. The community celebration began in 1961to help raise money for the Gridley Volunteer Fire Department.

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On Friday, May 18th  community members nominate each other to be "jailed" at Rotary Park until they raise enough money to make bail.   They'll be sentenced in the "Unjustice  Court" , jailed and fed pizza and soft drinks. 

The Guns 'n Hoses vs the Little League Coaches Softball Game takes place Friday evening starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday festivities start at 7 in the morning with a Pancake Breakfast. A Classic Car Show hosted by the Gridley Cruizers runs from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Kentucky & Hazel Streets.

Vendors selling food, gifts and services have booths downtown, and you'll find games, rides, a bouncer house and pony rides along with live music in Daddow Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The celebration is famous for it's crazy bed races through downtown, at 10 a.m.

And the Red Suspender's Day Parade starts at eleven in downtown Gridley. 

At 1 p.m. are the Firemen's Games and tests of strength and endurance between Gridley and Cal Fire's finest starting at 1 p.m. on the west side of Rotary Park.  

The Pinewood Derby also takes place on Saturday, and there is a Tri Tip Dinner from 4 - 7 p.m.

For a complete list of times and locations visit the Gridley Chamber of Commerce website here

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