Willow Creek Park Draws a Crowd

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A carnival, BBQ booths, vendors and exhibits, a car and motorcycle show, dancers, pony rides, horses and wagons, a pie auction, and the mayor with his yo-yo attracted young and old to Willow Creek Park this past Saturday.

The park was packed. From the Crabtree Carnival just south of the swimming pool, to BBQ competitors lining the road all the way to the Rotary gazebo, there was something going on for everyone during Lamar’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Rotary Way, the park road from the northeast entrance to Pike’s Tower was lined with exhibitors and booths, and filled with people taking in the sights and partaking of the offerings. A long line started early at the BBQ booths, with people paying for chips to redeem for a plate full of barbecue beef, chicken or ribs. The BBQ contest was in full swing with judges entering the headquarters tent, sampling the various categories until the winners were announced at 3pm.

Free birthday cake was available to park-goers from the Lamar Chamber of Commerce tent, where, for a little while, Lamar Mayor Roger Stagner showed his stuff, ‘walking the dog’ with a yo-yo. On a more serious side, he also read the official proclamation, designating Lamar’s official 125th birthday.

The car and motorcycle show was like a magnet to anyone who has ever enjoyed the sound of a finely tuned motor and a highly polished car. Exhibits ranged from the small, like the ’76 MG Midget and ’56 Corvette, to the larger models when Detroit decided tailfins were the way to go. There were plenty of Harley’s, Hondas and a vintage Triumph motorcycle displayed as well. Pony rides, an exhibition of horses and wagons and a ‘wreck this engine’ display brought crowds out to the middle section of the park for a look-see. Some old-time rock and roll and other tunes entertained the crowds while “All the Right Moves” dancers and Wild West Tumblers displayed their talents near the Park Pavilion.

by Russ Baldwin

Photos by Russ Baldwin and Vincent Gearhart (All Rights Reserved)


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