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Niagara Lions Community Picnic Set For June 24-25
Issue Date: June 16, 2022
The Niagara Lions Club is busy preparing for this year's Niagara Lions Community Parade and Picnic which will be held Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at Heights Park in Niagara.
As in the past, there is no admission price and activities will get underway starting Friday afternoon at 4 pm. 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. The popular area band "The Descendants" will be featured Friday night from 7 -11:30 pm.
Saturday activities will get underway at 1 pm when the midway opens with bouncy houses and other inflatables again providing hours of fun for children. In order to help keep parental costs down, wrist bracelets will again be sold for $10 for the day that will provide children and adults with unlimited participation on the inflatables. In addition to many booths offering food, beverages, and other games, roast sweet 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 Abigail Tripp will receive her crown and sash from outgoing Miss Niagara Haley Allred. Abigail now becomes the 54th 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 expected to participate in the parade and coronation will be court members, Morgan Borchardt, Emma Brasure, Aiva Champeau, and Erin Lukowicz.
At 4 pm the Niagara Women's Civic Club will announce the winners of this year's Niagara First Lady and Mr. Niagara contest. There will also be a competitive bean bag tournament offering cash prizes to the winners.
In the evening, drawings for the winners of the new 2021 Picnic and Fireworks Cash Raffle will take place at 6:30 pm when $2,800 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 or three for $20. The entertainment for the evening is excellent as it will feature the always popular local band "Norton, Chartier & Company" who will perform from 7 pm to 11:30 pm.
Raffle prize drawings will be held throughout the evening with major prizes for the regular Lions Picnic Raffle being drawn at 9 pm. Fifteen cash prizes will be awarded including-
First prize-$500 Cash-donated by Nicolet Bank;
2nd prize-$400 Cash-donated by Northwoods IGA (Lion Tim Potterville) and Affordable Carpet Care Plus (Lion Gordon Behnke);
3rd Prize-$300 Cash-donated by Niagara Fabrication;
4th Prize-$250 Cash-donated by Tripp's Tavern (Lions Bill & Tammy Tripp);
5th Prize-$200 Cash-donated by Deane Systems (Lion Kim Schuster);
6th Prize-$200 Cash-donated by Nev's North Star Bar;
7th Prize-$200 Cash-donated by Knights of Columbus #2847;
8th Prize-$200 Cash-donated by M.J. Electric;
9th Prize-$100 Cash-donated by The Big Ten Sports Bar;
10th Prize-$100 Cash-donated by Pit Stop Bar & Grill and Gas Station;
11th Priz-$100 Cash-donated by Bob & Jerry's Bar;
12th Prize-$100 Cash-donated by Ray Kuder & Best Shot Billiards;
13th Prize-$50 Cash-donated by Scott's Uptown Lanes (Lion Scott Schwedersky & Missy Portbriand);
14th Prize-$50 Cash-donated by The Wild Horse Saloon;
15th Prize-$50 Cash-donated by The Bunker.
The highlight of the evening will culminate again this year with the area's most spectacular fireworks display at dusk on Saturday which will again 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 Kim Schuster by June 22 at (906-282-8085) or by email at email@example.com.