Coon Rapids Lions kick off 50th anniversary

The Coon Rapids Lions Club kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration with its fourth annual open house and free pig roast at Lions Coon Creek Park Sept. 7.

Games and information booths were manned by club members to educate the public on the service work the Coon Rapids Lions Club does in the community as well as encourage people to join the club, which began back in 1954.

Besides the booths promoting the club’s activities, there were exhibits by several of the organizations that the club’s supports financially. Mary T Inc. and Stepping Stone Emergency Housing also had booths at the event.

Both the Coon Rapids police and fire departments put on demonstrations during the open house.

The fire department did two kitchen fire demonstrations with a kitchen, stove and trailer borrowed from the St. Paul Fire Department.

Coon Rapids Police Department Officer Mark McDonough and his canine partner, Buddy, put on a police dog demonstration.

People at the open house could earn pride bucks for a free pork roast meal by visiting the booths and playing the games. Dan Janish, Coon Rapids Lions Club member and owner of UP NORTh BBQ, cooked up 150 pounds of pork butts for the free meals.

During the open house, the club collected used eyeglasses and hearing aids as part of its ongoing service projects world.

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