Lamb Derby

Karter Taylor, the winner of the Diaper Derby at the Willows Lamb Derby at Jensen Park in Willows on Saturday, accepts her trophy. 

The community got together to take part in a local tradition for its 86th year last week.

The Willows Lamb Derby used to be a one-day event, but now has activities spanning a whole week. 

Saturday was when the main festivities took place with things like the annual Lamb Derby Parade; Wadding Beauty, Muscle Man and Diaper Derby competitions; local vendors; games; and the carnival was even brought back into the action. 

The carnival committee successfully raised the needed funds to bring it back – it had been a couple of years since it had been available. 

Eli and Melinda Rahlfs attended the Lamb Derby with their children to support the community and let the kids have fun.

Melinda Rahlfs said they enjoy the parade, vendors and seeing the kids have fun on the rides at the carnival. 

“It’s a great place for the community to get together,” Eli Rahlfs said. “... It keeps the community strong with local events.”

During the event, the winner of the Lost Lamb contest was announced. Every morning last week, clues were posted at the Willows Hardware Store so people could try and find the lost lamb.

A brother, sister duo were successful in finding it in a bush.

Ashley Hernandez and Jeremiah Wagenman found the lost lamb for the third year in a row and scored a $100 prize for their efforts. 

Two babies crawled their way to the finish line during the Diaper Derby after the Lost Lamb winner was announced. 

Family and friends attempted to motivate Karter Taylor and Paige Callahan to crawl to the end of the blanket – which served as their race course – using toys, watches and smartphones. 

Taylor ended up making her way to the edge of the blanket first to take home a trophy with a lamb on top. 

The Willows Junior Honkers also joined in the festivities and hosted a fundraising event – a dunk tank where people could try and make coaches or the Glenn County District Attorney Dwayne Stewart splash into the pool below.

Marisol Bobadilla, president of the junior Honkers, said the fundraiser is for the youth football and cheer programs. 

“We thank our community for all their support,” Bobadilla said.

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