The Rockford Lions Club had a very busy and fun week. We were the proud host of district’s semi annual meeting. Lions members came to Rockford to represent our district Region 11-C1. In attendance were fellow Lions from Rockford, Ravenna, Marne, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Wyoming, Allendale, Greenville, Sparta, Casnovia, Lyons-Muir and Muskegon (Northside). Ideas and stories were shared over dinner and a guest speaker. A great time was had by all! The Lions Club regularly meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Community cabin starting at 6pm with a social time. Everyone interested is invited to attend and learn more about the largest service organization in the world! Rockford Lion’s next activity is the Annual Fall Harvest Breakfast (formerly the Pancake breakfast) to be held at the American Legion Hall on Northland (Rockford Park Drive) this Sunday, October 7 from 9 am until 1pm. It will be a delicious feast for all. Tickets are available from any Lions member and will also be available at the door.
The fun started with family, and now our heritage is behind us. The last weekend of Harvest Fest is the Children’s Weekend with events for kids highlighting activities. There will be plenty for teens and adults to do as well, with entertainment around town, the used book sale at Krause Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., hayrides and specials offered by local merchants. Events designed for children begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration for the Chamber Kids Pedal Tractor Pull. Registration and the event is at the City Hall parking lot. The pull begins at 10 a.m. This annual event, formerly organized by the Rockford Jaycees, but now a Rockford Chamber of Commerce event, puts kids behind the driver’s wheel and is always fun to watch. Another popular favorite is trick or treating around town, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion on the corners of Squire and Courtland Street. Following the candy run, a costume contest will be held in the pavilion. Prizes will be awarded. Returning to Garden Club Park both days from 2 to 6 p.m. is Animals on the Go, where a variety of live farm animals always delight people of all ages. New this year, but back for the third weekend is Good Old Fashioned Games by the Rockford Youth Initiative Service Club of Rockford High School. Play like it is the past with low-tech favorites. Participation is free, but donations are welcome and will go to a worthy cause. The club hopes to fund a Habitat for Humanity house as their service project this year. For everyone, there are the popular hayrides offered annually for free. Pick up is at Reading Books. Flu shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in D&W. The Rockford Fire Department and DARE will be at the pavilion from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and many other fun demonstrations and entertainment will take place both days. See the schedule and plan your weekend.
Over 50,000 Rockford Rotary chicken dinners sold Dear Editor, Rockford Rotary Club is again serving its famous BBQ chicken dinners during the first weekend of Harvest Fest, Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drive-up service is available at the Rotary Pavilion at Courtland and Squires streets. Rotary’s famous chicken BBQ goes back to 1982, and has been part of the opening weekend of Harvest Fest ever since. Thanks to the great support of the Rockford area business community, this year’s pre-sales of dinners have put the all-time total of dinners sold to over 50,000. Many businesses purchase 10 or more dinners to give as employee “atta boys” or to give as customer appreciation gifts. The over $200,000 raised over this period have built the Rotary Pavilion, helped support the Rotary Park on Fremont Street, paid for lighting of the dam, helped pay for renovation of the Rockford Community Cabin, sponsored the Rockford Reading Festival, supported North Kent Service Center, and on and on. Dave Speese Chicken BBQ Chairman Rockford Rotary