The Daviess County Lions Club Fair has a long-standing tradition of inviting local nonprofit agencies to bring their clients to the fair for a day of activities.
“We are here for the whole community and part of our giving back is to allow this fun day for all,” said Lions Club board member Dyanne Baker.
Residents and children from Wendell Foster, Puzzle Pieces, Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc. spent Thursday morning running between rides and experiencing what the fair had to offer.
“They can ride until noon on unlimited rides,” Baker said. “Then we feed them lunch cooked by Lions Club member Bill Jones and others. We really appreciate the help and sponsorships from neighbors and sponsors. Without their continued support, we couldn’t have this day for kids.”
Thursday’s guests had a choice of a hot dog or hamburger, chips and a Pepsi product. Two sheet cakes were made by club members for dessert.
They were also treated to seeing the winning entries from the 4-H competitions that had been judged Wednesday. The entries were on display in the exhibition hall with ribbons attached. Several of the people from Puzzle Pieces took a break from the heat to walk around and notice the displayed green beans, tobacco and flower arrangements.
Mark Richards, the owner of Mark’s Midway Amusements out of Hardinsburg, Ky. said that he enjoys these days where community members are allowed free rides, and he tries to incorporate them into each event they supply the rides for.
As a group of children ran by holding hands and giggling, the Lions Club members who were there to assist couldn’t help but smile themselves.
“It’s about the smiles and the screams,” Baker said.