Lyons Chicken BBQ to expand 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

The annual Lyons Chicken BBQ is expanding this year to include a few new events. This year’s festival is scheduled July 25.

KING & QUEEN PAGEANT—Three age groups will be represented in the first BBQ pageant. The King and Queen division is for children from 11 to 14 years old; the Prince and Princess division is for ages seven to 10; and the Jr. Prince and Princess is for ages three to six.

The winner in each division will receive a crown and a U.S. Savings Bond. All contestants are invited to participate in the festival parade.

To enter the competition, fill out a form available at the post office by 4 p.m. Friday. A $10 entry fee is required along with a wallet size photo.

Photos of contestants will be on display at local businesses and “votes” will be recorded by donations. The top fund-raisers in each division will be named the winners.

For more information, call Amanda at 419/388-3247.

CAR SHOW—Antique, classic, hot rod, muscle, modified and special interest vehicles are all invited for the car show.

The registration fee is $10 or $15 on the day of the show. Registration forms are available at the post office.

Door prizes, trophies and a 50/50 drawing are planned. Participants are urged to dress appropriately for the 50s-theme show.

For more information, call Lois at 419/923-1309 or Mary at 419/509-4063.

CORNHOLE—Registration costs $20 for two-person teams. For information, call Tanya at 419/923-4681.

HORSESHOES—Registration costs $20 for two-person teams. For information, call John at 419/340-7700 or Amanda at 419/388-3247.

CO-ED VOLLEYBALL—The fee is $80 a team. For information, call Chris at 419/346-3887 or Amber at 419/346-6027.

SOFTBALL—Registration costs $125 for the men’s and co-ed tournament. For information, call RJ at 419/923-4681.

Chicken dinners will be served starting at 11 a.m. July 25. The parade will follow at 1 p.m. and children’s games are scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

A DJ will provide entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

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