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Niagara Lions Community Picnic Set for June 28-29

Issue Date: June 27, 2019

The Niagara Lions Club Community Parade and Picnic will be held Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, at Heights Park in Niagara.

There is no admission fee and activities will start Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be available, 50-50 drawings will take place, and raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Registration for a two-person team bean bag tournament will begin at 4 pm with action starting at 5:30 pm. Entertainment will be provided both evenings. Popular local band 蕝 North" will be featured Friday night from 7-11 p.m.

Saturday activities will begin at 1 pm when the midway opens with "Jumpin' Good Time" inflatables providing many of the popular bounce rides and games. In order to help keep parental costs down, wrist bracelets will be sold for $10 for the day that will provide children and adults with unlimited participation on the inflatables. They include the Monsters ink combo bouncer, Toy Story plain bouncer, 22 foot regular slide or fire truck slide, 27 foot cliff hanger slide, obstacle slide, basketball shot, and the Chaos big obstacle course.

A special afternoon feature will be the return appearance of Johanna Brewster's popular Far Away characters who will feature The Unicorn Princess and the American Captain who will delight children from 3:30-5 p.m. A new addition to the Lions Picnic will be the appearance of representatives from Green Bay's NEW Zoo with several animals to display and interact with the crowd. In addition to many booths offering food, beverages, and other games, roast corn will also be available.

The annual parade will get underway at 2 pm with units lining up near the corner of Scott Street and Jefferson Avenue at 1:30 pm. There is no preregistration for parade entries so those planning to participate should line up and those with classic cars and trucks are encouraged to participate. At 3 pm the new Miss Niagara will be crowned as incoming Miss Niagara Julia Brown will receive her crown and sash from outgoing Miss Niagara Sydney Dunkes. Brown now becomes the 52nd young lady to be honored in a tradition that dates to 1968 when Mary Kinziger became the first Miss Niagara at what is believed to have been the first Niagara Lions Picnic. Also participating in the coronation will be court members, Cassandra Gill, Jaida Maki, Jayden Payette, and Jasmine Racine.

At 4 pm the Niagara Women's Civic Club will announce the winners of this year's Niagara First Lady and Mr. Niagara contest who will be crowned by outgoing First Lady Debbie Lindgren. Candidates this year for Niagara First Lady include Karen Klenke, Heidi Phillips, and Louise Swope while Mr. Niagara candidates include Bob Burton, Joe Geldmeyer, and Gerald Morin.

In the evening, drawings for the winners of the new Fireworks Cash Raffle will take place at 6:30 pm when $2000 in cash prizes will be given out to those holding the winning tickets. The cash prizes were donated by local businesses and are on sale currently for $10 per ticket. The entertainment for the evening is excellent and will feature the Escanaba band "The Cadillacs" who will perform their classic rock and roll hits from 7 to 11 pm.

Raffle prize drawings will be held throughout the evening with major prizes for the regular Lions Picnic Raffle being drawn at 9 p.m. Eleven top prizes will be awarded including 1st prize: Combination Gas & Charcoal Grill; 2nd prize: $250 Cash- donated by Deane Systems (Lion Kim Schuster); 3rd Prize: $200 Cash- donated by Niagara Lions Club; 4th Prize: $100 Cash- donated by The Bunker; 5th Prize: 100 Cash-donated by Ray Kuder & Best Buy Billiards; 6th Prize: 52 Degree Lob Wedge-donated by Lion Dan Decker.

The highlight of the evening will culminate with the area's most spectacular fireworks display at dusk on Saturday which will be accompanied by the playing of patriotic music. Donations will be accepted throughout the picnic to help defray the cost of the fireworks.

As a community event, there is no charge for non-profit organizations to have booths and activities at the park. Those interested are asked to contact Lion Kerry Grippen by June 27 at (906-282-8471) or by email at kjgrippen@gmail.com.


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