Cervantes, Powell chosen Lilac Day’s princess and baby

Cervantes, Powell chosen Lilac Day’s princess and baby 
 Dakota Cervantes earned the title of Lilac Princess on a beautiful Saturday at Washington Park in the Lilac City of Basin.
Cervantes is the daughter of Skye and Dallas of Basin. Her grandparents are Denise and Brian Ellis and Donna Cervantes. She attends Riverside High/Middle School.
An hour prior to the princess contest Cervantes ran Gottsche’s Fun Run/Walk. Running and baking are two of her favorite things to do.
Lydia Powell of Basin was chosen as this year’s Lilac Baby. She is 9 months old. Her parent is Merrita Powell.
A total of six babies competed. Kolton Baril won Curliest Hair ; Lily May Bidleman won Most Content; Roxanne Walker won Chubbiest Cheeks; Phoebe Lynetta Brewer won Most Cuddly; Sofia Lipp won Happiest Baby; Powell also won Biggest Smile.      
  There were 24 cars for the car show. The oldest car was Mary Kay Christopherson’s 1928 Ford Model A with a jump seat. The jump seat is also known as “outside seat” by her grandson Caden who is 4 years old. The newest car was Mark Christopherson’s 1973 Roadrunner.
  John Bubla, who organized the car show with Todd Clifford, said he was pleased with the turnout and the variety of vehicles. They will hold the car show again next year and have already had people say they will come.
  Despite the rain and thunder, a nice crowd showed up Friday night to hear Bret Savage’s free concert. Attendees plus others dined on barbecue ribs, brisket and pulled pork with sides from Unruly Smokers BBQ. By popular demand Unruly returned the following day to feed the crowd.
This years run/walk was sponsored by Mountain Mechanic, Valley Hardware, The Overland and Cabin Brew. Thirty-six people registered for the event. First place was Ryan Hoyt. His brother Conner took second.
More than 25 children competed in the Friends of the Basin Library Sidewalk Art Contest. In the 0–5-year-old category first place went to Henry VanderPloeg. Colton Wenzel was first in the 6–13-year-old category with honorable mention to Grace VanderPloeg. In the 14 and up category Rachael Walker was first.
Delighted laughs and screams of joy could be heard at the Club Dauntless Blow-Up Obstacle Course and with the sumo wrestling suits from The SHACK.
This was the first year for the Basin Police Department’s Bike Rodeo. Chief Kyle McClure said he felt it was a great success. There were kids of all ages and everyone seemed to have fun. There were lessons on bike safety and proper maintenance. The obstacles were designed to help the kids learn to properly and safely control their bikes. “Officer Sawyer did a great job working with the community and encouraging kids to attend,” McClure said.
Two bikes and other prizes were given away. Grace VanderPloeg and Hunter Craft won bikes. McClure thanked Big Horn Clinic for the use of their parking lot and Riverbend Plumbing and Heating for donating the bikes and other door prizes.  
More than 150 breakfasts were served by Basin First Baptist during its annual free breakfast at Lilac Days. The church started serving the breakfast a few years ago at Lilac Days.
Vendors and booths included TCT, Big Horn River Blueway Trail, Big Horn Sweets and Treats, Friends of the Basin Library and Stephanie Tolman’s LuLaRoe.