By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor
The Lions Club sponsored a five-day Fall fair last week at the Morgan County Fairgrounds behind Wal-Mart. The event was well attended and raised a good bit of money to fund the Lions Club’s charity programs.
The total amount raised has not been disclosed. Cameron Stoak, president of the Madison Lions Club, was thrilled to be part of bringing a fair to Morgan County. “The weather cooperated, thankfully,” joked Stoak.
“We had some very good crowds. It’s just fun, especially among the little ones, to see their eyes light up when they get a look at those rides. It’s just good fun for families and we are proud to be able to bring it each year.”
Families, students, and community members enjoyed the beautiful weather while partaking in traditional Fair entertainment. Friends split oversized funnel cakes. Parents competed in games to win their kids stuffed animals, and of course, took advantage of the various carnival-style amusement park rides. There was something for everyone’s taste.
There were slow and tiny child-friendly rides and funhouses all the way up to adult-only rides that pushed the limits of speed and spinning. Kids ran through two funhouses, while many couples enjoyed the serene swaying Ferris Wheel at sunset. “We were well pleased with the fair this year,” said Johnny Whitaker, chairman of the Lions Club fair. “And we made enough to give away some money in our community, which is what’s really important.”
Proceeds from the Fair will be used for various Lions Club projects locally and throughout the state of Georgia and money they are obligated to forward to the International Lions Club each year. According to Johnny Whitaker, chairman of the fair, the Madison Lions Club will fund up to $4000 to buy glasses for Morgan County residents who cannot afford it.
The club will also provide scholarships for two senior Morgan County High School students and fund programs at the Morgan County Middle School. The club recently purchased a golf cart for MCHS, to be used in case of medical emergencies to transport students at the Freshman Academy to the nurse’s office.
The club will also use part of the money raised from the fair to donate to the Empty Stocking fund at Christmas time and to The Boys and Girls Club. The Madison chapter is part of Lions Clubs International, which is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.