This past May, I walked in the Lamb Derby parade in Willows, CA. You can read about the history of the parade below. Willows is my home town, and walking for the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) and Teens Take Charge (TTC) program gave me the chance to spread awareness to people that I personally knew and grew up with. The parade was a great chance to show people the strength of the hydrocephalus community. I say this because people took an interest in our message. I am so proud and honored to help raise awareness of hydrocephalus for HA.
The reason I wanted to walk in the parade is because I love spreading awareness. It is also very cool to walk in a parade that I watched as a little kid. This event was very near and dear to my heart for these reasons. I also hope to encourage everyone that watches their hometown parade to get involved. I encourage you to walk in those parades, spread awareness, and most importantly be yourself.
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: