Community benefits from Port Colborne tradition

The 89th Annual Port Colborne Lions Carnival is up and running this weekend at the Lions Field Park. The long-running event is a tradition in Port Colborne that has been benefitting the community for many years.

“It is a big tradition in Port Colborne,” Port Colborne Lions Club president said. “I remember coming here with my family as a little boy and taking part in the games, eating the food, having a great time.”

“It has always been the biggest fundraiser of the year for us,” he said.

Money raised from the carnival goes to various charities throughout the community as well as youth sports leagues and organizations aimed at helping others out.

“We used to donate to the Lions Seeing Eye Dog program which has now evolved into a service dog program which helps out so many people,” Wolfe said.

“We have given money to the Port Colborne Library recently for children’s programming, helped buy new equipment for the hospital, awarded high school scholarships and so much more,” he said.

“We have such a large sheet of things we support in the community, it’s hard to memorize them all,” he said. “However, the Lions Club is here to serve, this carnival helps us do that.”

The event success begins with support from the whole community.

“The community support over the years has been amazing,” said Lion Angelo Aliberti, who has been involved with the annual carnival since his beginning as a Lion in 1975.

“We have people that come every year with their families, and now their grandkids, to take part, try the rides and eat the food, play some of the games and go on the rides,” he said.

“The big draw is out doughnuts,” he said. “People line up for hours for our doughnuts, made fresh right here by the 1,000s during the carnival.”

He also pointed out that there are rides from World’s Finest Shows, bingo, and Raffle Row featuring many different prizes. This year’s Lions vehicle raffle is for a Jeep Compas 4 X 4 which is drawn during Canal Days.

The carnival continues running Saturday, July 6/2019, from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 7/20109, from noon to 6 p.m.