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October 3, 2009

Carnival time in Orange

Lions Club event returns for annual run

With the arrival of fall, you know the Lions Club Carnival cannot be far behind.

The annual Lions Club Carnival returns for its 69th year and the eight day run of the carnival begins this Wednesday at Orange Lions Den Park. The carnival will be held starting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and then Saturday will be “Kid’s Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and remain open through the night. The second week of the carnival is Oct. 14 through Oct. 17. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.

According to Ed Freiberg, Lions Club Carnival Chairman, the annual carnival has become not only an Orange County tradition, but a family tradition for many people as well.

“Generation after generation of families come to the Lions Carnival,” Freiberg said. “It’s truly a family carnival, and, best of all, it’s not expensive. To know people return year after year and bring their children is something special.”

The annual carnival is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Orange Lions Club. It allows the organization to help various charitable groups and agencies, like making food baskets for Christmas for needy families and sending children to camps during summer and providing eye glasses for those without just to name a few.

Although much of the carnival will be like most people remember from year to year, there are a few subtle changes and one big change.

“We lost one of our biggest rides, the Flying Bobs, to Hurricane Ike, and we are without it again this year,” Freiberg said. “It’s a very large and expensive ride, so we’ll have to decide what we are going to do about that. Since we will be without it again this year, we are reconfiguring the layout of the carnival slightly.”

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