Annual Festival Raising Funds for Iron River Lions Club

Created: July 24, 2019 09:44 AM

The Iron River Lions Club Blueberry Festival has been going on for more than five decades. The club holds this event this year to raise money for local community needs.

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Incoming President of the Iron River Lions Club, Wendy Biggerstaff, says festivities kick off Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at the Iron River Community Center.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, things ramp up at Moon Lake Park with a tractor pull. Throughout the rest of the day, attendees will see vendors, arts and crafts, games and pie eating contests.

One of the big events of the weekend is the coronation of the blueberry queen and princess.

"The blueberry princess and queen candidates sell the raffle tickets," Biggerstaff says.

The raffle will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. $6,000 in cash prizes will be given away. Proceeds from the event will go toward the club, which helps with local projects and programs.

"The 'Lions' is a community-based organization," Biggerstaff says. "We do vision screenings for the school children, for the childcare center."

In addition, the club recently built a playground for Iron River. They've also made monetary donations to youth projects, food shelves and volunteer fire and ambulance services.

Click here to learn more about the club.

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