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Lions Club annual carnival kicks off Wednesday
St. Davids Lions Carnival will take place from Wed. July 24 to Sat. July 27. (supplied)

Come for the Lion’s burgers, stay to raise money for guide dogs and many organizations supported by the Lions Club while taking full advantage of the rides, games and prizes this year.

The St. Davids and District Lions Club is celebrating more than 50 years of food, rides and entertainment next week during the 56th Annual Lions Carnival, at the St. Davids Lions Field at 1462 York Rd.

Bradd Anderson, president of the St. Davids Lions Club said there’s nothing like a Lion burger.

“People come for that. Our burgers standout in the Niagara region. It’s worth the trip just for the food,” he said, adding that there’s a lot of love that goes into preparing the burgers.

The four-day event, which will take place from Wed. July 24 until Sat. July 27 will run from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. There’s live entertainment scheduled each night.

Anderson said the carnival is the club’s main income source throughout the year, though he said the club doesn’t necessarily have a target fundraising goal that they try to reach.

“We’ll take what we can get, and we’ll divide it up as best as we can,” he said.

The Lions support many organizations and initiatives throughout the community all year long, including Project Share, various food banks and gathering socks for the homeless, among many others. That doesn’t all come out of the carnival, it’s just something Anderson said the Lions do because there’s a need in the community.

“That’s what Lions are about.”

This year, other than a mostly new line-up of musicians, he said people can expect the carnival to hold up to the same standard as each previous year.

“The carnival itself is pretty much standard fair for what we do here. We do have interest from our LEOs club. They’re doing a fundraiser in the bingo area for a dog guide,” Anderson said.

The LEOs have been raising money all year for the dog guide, which costs $3,500 to train and provide to an individual in need, free of charge.

“They raised a lot, but they need some more to make it happen,” he said.

Anderson also praised the Merritton Lions Club for stepping up in assisting with fundraising for the dog guide.