Since 1946, the Bellbrook Lion’s Club has hosted a grand celebration of community support with their annual festival and parade. The organization looks forward to the tradition. The festivities begin Thursday and run through Saturday after three days of contests, rides, food, car show, Bingo, and a grand parade. But, the topper of the annual event is the last event on Saturday night: $10,000 cash giveaway.
“This is our only fundraiser for the year,” Bellbrook Lion’s Club member, Linda Worthington said. “The community donates toward our many projects. The Lions return the proceeds to the community in the form of: (2) $2000 scholarships, Youth Sports Leagues (Baseball, softball and basketball), Widows Baskets at Christmas time, equipment for the police and fire departments, eye exams and eyeglasses for the less fortunate regardless of age, Kamp Dovetail and Echoing Hills for children with developmental difficulties, and other local donations.”
The Lion’s Club began 68 years ago to help Bellbrook be the best community by developing strong athletes through donations to all sports, helping college bound graduates through scholarships, ensuring healthy eyes in children by providing eye exams and glasses, providing strong police and fire departments through annual donations and supporting the community and supporting organizations such as Pilot Dogs, Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank, Mounted Search Team and more. It is reassuring to know that there is always someone looking out for the betterment of an energized community such as Bellbrook.
“We work hard and have fun in order to help those less fortunate than we are both locally and internationally,” Worthington said. “The Bellbrook Lions Club has been in existence longer than any other club in the community. We are proud to be celebrating our 68th year of serving our locality.”
The festival kicks off Thursday evening with the crowning of Bellbrook’s cuties, the Lioness Prince and Princess Contest. Brian Koch, funeral director of Conner and Koch Funeral Home in Bellbrook, will be the emcee this year.
The famous Lion’s Club dinners will begin serving on Thursday and Friday nights at 6 p.m. and on Saturday after the parade at 5:30 p.m. “My favorite part of the festival is the food! We have dinners every night in the food tent,” Worthington said. “We’ll have delicious pork chops on Thursday night, fish on Friday night, and that wonderful barbeque chicken on Saturday night. (Chopped steak is also available.) There is also pizza, funnel cakes, sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, and of course, the cake wheel where you can win a yummy dessert.”
Join the Lion’s Club in their annual celebration on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. with their annual parade. These years’ Grand Marshalls include Mayor Bob Baird and Trustee Scott Bryant. The High School band will perform immediately after the parade on festival grounds. Breathe in the past with a car show. Enjoy $20 wrist bands to ride the rides all night. Purchase $1 raffle tickets (or 6 for $5) for the grand prize money at the end of the festival. The drawing will be held around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased from any Lion’s Club member or at the ticket booth at the festival or take your chance to win raffle tickets at the Ham Blanket wheel.
Should you have suggestions or thoughts regarding the Lion’s Club, visit their booth to discuss ideas with one of the Lion’s Club members. “We have made lifelong friends while serving others,” Worthington said.
For more information or details, please contact Walt and Linda Worthington at (937)848-2164 or Kirk Barrett at (937) 239-0581.