Lena Lions 67th Annual Fall Festival

Dates: Friday, September 8, 2017 - Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 8-9, LENA LIONS 67TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL. Downtown, Main Street, Lena. Friday: 6 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: Noon to 11 pm. This “Cadillac of Small Town Festivals” offers a variety of activities, including carnival rides, games, food, stage entertainment. There will be free entertainment on Friday at 7 pm with a performance by the Sunshine Band, described as a power trio of Guitar, Electric Bass and Drums, offers hits from the late 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s blended with traditional and contemporary country music. The featured free entertainment on Saturday with shows at 7 pm and 9 pm is MADDMEN offering smooth harmonies and interpretive covers of artists like The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash as well as music from The Beatles, The Searchers, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Reed and more. The Lena Lions will sell raffle tickets (5200 available) for the 2017 Ford Escape S FWD to be given away on Saturday at approximately 11 pm. The tickets cost $10 per ticket or 3 for $20. A $400 Lena Money Gift Certificate will be 2nd prize and a $200 Lena Money Gift Certificate will be 3rd prize. This year a 2017 Polaris Ranger 570LE, EPS Black Pearl (3700 tickets available) will also be raffled. A $200 Lena Money Gift Certificate will be 2nd prize and a $100 Lena Money Gift Certificate will be 3rd prize. Tickets are $10 per chance or 3 for $20. Drawing will be at the same time as the car drawing. Skinners Amusements returns for the 58th year with carnival rides for all ages in the downtown parking lot. Merchandise Bingo and Ham Stand, Lion’s operated long time favorites of festival attendees, will be in their usual places on Main Street. Please Note: No pets will be allowed on the midway except for service dogs for people with disabilities. There will be food galore with the Le-Win Sports Association Food Stand & the Knights of Columbus filling their usual spots. All time favorites like cotton candy, elephant ears, ice cream and soft drinks will be here also. And back again this year are butterfly pork chop sandwiches and pork chops on a stick being served Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. and following the parade on Saturday in downtown Lena on Center Street (next to the FHN Clinic). Cost is $4 for pork chop sandwich or pork chop on a stick. The theme of this year’s parade is “Lions – 100 Years of Service”. The 100+ unit parade will be stepping off from the Dietz Old School Apartments (old Grade School) at Noon on Saturday. A flyover by the Freeport Pilot’s Association will again start off the parade. Several high school bands and colorful church floats, Scout and 4-H groups, antique and classic cars and antique tractors, along with area fire trucks will be featured. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and participate in the parade! Parade entry registration starts at 9 am. (No 4-wheel drive tractors, duals, or semis. Need valid driver’s license to drive tractor.) The Annual Horse Show and Judging will be held at the north end of Lena Cemetery beginning at 9:30 am – prior to kick off of the parade. Parade registration and information: Jeff Stamm, 815- 369-5572 or Bill Crichton 815-369-4946. To keep in shape, the Lena Community Park District is sponsoring the Fall Festival 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, starting from Lions Park at 8:30 am. Registration begins at 7:30 am. Pre-register by August 25 for $20 and receive a t-shirt at the run. After August 25, the cost is $25 (no guarantee of t-shirts for late registration). Call park office at 815-369-5351 with questions.  (815-275-3371)