Coon Rapids Lions Club to host free open house, pig roast

The Coon Rapids Lions Club will once again be on the prowl in Lions Coon Creek Park on Hanson Boulevard hosting a free open house and pig roast for area residents Saturday Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Games, information and food are all part of this event being sponsored by the Lions club.

“Everyone is welcome to share in the fun and learn more about the service work that is done for the community by fellow Coon Rapids citizens,” said Lyle Goff, Coon Rapids Lions Club first vice president.

On arriving at the event, participants will be given the opportunity to earn pride bucks that will go toward a free pulled pork lunch.

Information booths will be set up around the park for everyone to learn about the various community projects and events the Coon Rapids Lions Club works on each year.

While visiting each information booth, attendees will receive their pride bucks and those certificates can be turned in for a delicious meal prepared by UP NORTH BBQ.

There will be approximately 250 free meals available to those people interested in coming to the park.

The club will also be hosting games for the children and young-at-heart to play during the open house.

It is always searching for new members and hopes there are some area residents who might be interested in joining, according to Goff.

The club recognizes that there are many area citizens that would like to perform community service work but are just not sure how to get involved, Goff said.

“This open house is just the opportunity for members of the community to become part of an organization providing for the needs of groups or individuals in Coon Rapids,” he said.

“Please plan to join in the exploration of Lionism, games and pulled pork sandwiches Saturday Sept. 8.”

People are asked to bring their used eye glasses or hearing aids for recycling and learn what happens to them after they put them in the collection boxes the Lions have set up around the community.

Bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the ACBC Food Shelf and also drop off gently-used and clean winter coats that will also be distributed by the people at ACBC.

The Coon Rapids Lions Club has been serving the community since 1954 by providing volunteers and donations through various service projects.

“The club looks to help meet the needs of the citizens of this area and have fun while doing it,” Goff said.

Contact Dan Janish, membership chairperson, at 612-558-2851 or through the club’s website at