Vicksburg Summer Festival Kicks Off with Kids’ Night

lions 8By Brian Freiberger

Vicksburg Lions Club will be hosting a Kids’ Night to begin the service club’s Summer Festival on Thursday, July 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Community Pavilion on N. Richardson St.

During the evening, there will be several games along with arts and crafts available. Each ticket to play costs 25 cents. Games include ring toss, floating ducks, ping-pong, ping-pong ball toss and bean bag toss.

Crafts include making and decorating bookmarks, masks and crowns, says Katie Grossman, community service chair and coordinator of Kids’ Night.

Grossman has been involved with Kids’ Night for the past three years. “The most fulfilling part about this is seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they are having fun playing the games,” said Grossman.

Food specials consist of $1 hot dogs, popcorn, water and soda. A final raffle for a Meijer gift card will be awarded to one boy and girl at 8 p.m. To be entered in the drawing, each child in attendance must participate in at least one game or craft making.

Project KidSight will be offering free vision screenings for children up to age 17 at the event. “A simple photograph can screen for many cognitive eye conditions, so we encourage families to take advantage of this service,” said Grossman.

The Vicksburg Lions Club Summer Festival is the largest fundraiser for the club, and all proceeds go to club projects that focus on vision exams for children, community service projects, charities and many other important causes, according to Grossman.

All activities are staffed by volunteers. Additional help is welcome, call 269-870-0995 or email for more information.

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