Downey Rose Float Association’s “The Gold Rush” Wins Governor’s Trophy


By Brian Hews

The city of Downey’s Gold Rush float won the Governor’s Trophy for best depiction of life in California.

Riding on the float were Miss Downey and Former Supervisor Don Knabe along with his wife Julie and Kelly Roberts the 47-year-old construction chairman for the Downey Rose Float Assn. who is also a Downey resident.


Former LA County Supervisor Don Knabe with his wife Julie in front of Downey’s float before starting the parade.


Knabe told HMG-CN, “it was an honor for Julie and I to be able to ride on Downey’s beautiful float. The work the volunteers and the City put into the float was amazing, and the award was testament to their hard work. Julie and I will never forget this experience.”

Downey’s float was designed, built and decorated by volunteers. It costs over $90,000 with the flowers alone costing ten of thousands along with the structure of the float itself.

The float featured a working roller coaster that relied on gravity.

The City’s float has won awards the last three years, in 2016 Find Your Adventure, Exploring the Everglades won the Founder’s Trophy; in 2015  Inspiring Stories Home for the Holidays won the National Trophy; in 2014  Dreams Come True The Glass Slipper won the Founders’ Trophy.


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