This past May, I was able to walk in the Lamb Derby in Willows, CA. You can read the history about theparade below. My hometown is Willows, CA. The weather was perfect on the day of the parade and everyone was enthusiastic about walking for the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) and Teens Take Charge (TTC) program. I was joined by my family, my friend, Kevin, and by the HA’s Support and Education Director, Karima Roumila and her husband, Alex. My family and I were very excited to have Karima and her husband walking with us because she is such a key part of HA.
We began walking in the parade at 10:30 AM. Following the parade we handed out candy to the little kids and told everyone to visit our booth. Once the parade finished, we headed to the park to setup our booth. All of the association’s publications and products were displayed nicely on the table in hopes that people would visit our table. I found out quickly that that is easier said than done. Many people looked, but did not listen. However, I happily explained to the ones that did and I now have an opportunity to speak to a group of Girl Scouts in the upcoming month. Volunteering to represent HA and the TTC program at our booth taught me to be persistent. Continue to raise awareness and talk to others about the hydrocephalus. Even though sometimes they do not want to listen, A memory I will cherish from thisparade is how lucky my family and I felt to have Karima and her husband walking with us. All in all, the parade was a major success. Remember, strength is in perseverance.
The History of Willows Lamb Derby
In the winter of 1933, businessmen in our community were suffering from the throes of the depression. W.A. “Bill” Weinrich, a Director of the Willows Chamber of Commerce, had an idea to bring new memberships and increase trade to the community.
So on April 14, 1934 with the Chamber of Commerce sponsoring and Mr. Weinrich as general chairman, they held a one day event featuring Lamb Races. The race took place going down Butte Street with the 50 lambs that had entered! The 1st prize was $7.50!!! A free bean feed followed with over 1,000 in attendance at the Sheridan Park.
The event included a Band Concert, Flower Show, sponsored by the garden section of the Monday Afternoon Club, and the Grand Finale was an evening Ball at Memorial Hall with the admission of $ .75.
Small, humble beginning of one of our community’s favorite events-Lamb Derby!
This text is taken from the Willows Chamber of Commerce site: