Oak Grove Lions want to replant Acorn Days event

Roger Welch, of the Oak Grove Lions Club, told the Oak Grove City Council last week that the Lions club would like to reseed and bring new life to Acorn Days, a town festival which otherwise has been dormant since the mid-2000s.

With nothing concrete at this time, the Lions are eyeing Saturday, Aug. 10, as a day when they would like to coordinate a festival with a car show, craft fair, bingo, children’s games and live music from a country-western band. Festival hours could be 1 to 8 p.m.

The club also hopes to arrange a visit from a Lions-sponsored wellness van, where community members could receive health screenings, and wants to welcome special guests, including live birds from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.

“They (the Lions) are committed, so with the city’s approval, we’ll be there for you,” Welch said.

The festival needs the backing of the council and the other residents of this city, according to Councilmember Sean Sullivan said.

The council should determine how much staff time could be given, Sullivan said.

“I agree that the staff should help out,” Councilmember Dan Denno said, “to the extent that the Lions want staff to help out.”

Welch said that the Lions hold meetings twice monthly and they have discussed Acorn Days plans every time for several months. He said any interested volunteers could visit the club’s next meeting, 7 p.m., March 26 at city hall.