“We are a colorful garden of ethnic diversity,” said Hall. He said the chamber and the city wish to utilize the plaza as a place where people can go and connect with those who came before them, and helped create the city they now live in.

Hundreds of people came out to the annual Rollin’ in Weed Car and Bike Show Saturday and to participate in the dedication of the Weed Heritage Plaza on Main Street.

Mayor Ken Palfini, council member Bob Hall, and Weed Pride member Donna Winger led the dedication of Heritage Plaza, located in the once empty lot across from Black Butte Saloon and U.S. Bank in Weed.

“This plaza was born out of an idea from 2002,” said Palfini. “This was born to try and get the cultures of Weed to shine in the same vision.”

Initially spearheaded by the Weed Pride group, the project has since been handed over to the Weed Chamber of Commerce, but Pride members Bob Hall and Donna Winger kept working with the chamber to secure a vision for ethnic celebration and diversity in the city.

“Race and ethnicity move along in evolution,” said Hall. “It’s important to remember diversity has always been a strength and pride in Weed.”

The plaza now houses the recently created Heritage

plaza sign, which dedicates the plaza to the diverse groups making up Weed’s unique heritage. The sign was a group effort, with materials from Solano’s Do It Best, printing done by Signs of Life, photography by Mark Stensaas, and designed by Donna Winger.

“We are a colorful garden of ethnic diversity,” said Hall. He said the chamber and the city wish to utilize the plaza as a place where people can go and connect with those who came before them, and helped create the city they now live in.

The plaza will be the place for future heritage celebrations, cultural celebrations and holiday events, and many opportunities for story telling, sharing of cultures, and for the telling of the history of Weed.

Although the plaza is open for people to enjoy, the chamber still has plans for upgrades, including adding shades, commissioning large scale murals depicting history and culture, and other projects to ensure that the plaza is enjoyable for all who wish to use it.

Sponsored by Crystal Geyser, Mechanics Bank, Hi-Lo Cafe, COS, Chevron, City of Weed and La Florista, the car show had something for everyone, including customs, restorations in progress, motorcycles, and classic bicycles.

There were three top trophy winning categories at the show. Best truck went to Fred Broadbent and his yellow 1936 Ford 67 1/2 ton truck. Best bike went to Roy Ventura’s 2006 Harley Davidson Night Train. Gilbert Brown won best car with his 1955 Chevrolet hard top, painted classic red and white.

Plaque winners included Randy Wright for most original, Lisa Lavoie for best motor, John Uttech for best under construction, and Gilbert Brown as people’s choice.