Priscilla Mangnall
Grand Junction Free Press History Columnist

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January 19, 2012
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PRISCILLA'S COLUMN: Get out your checkbook, it's carnival time

Fifty-seven years ago, the Grand Junction Lions Club held its 28th annual Carnival and Parade. This advertisement is fun to read because you can see that things haven't changed much.

I speak in first person because I am one of those nutty Lions.

The Floor Prizes are now the High Roller's Booth; we still raffle off hundreds of homemade cakes and the Candy Booth is still giving away Chet Enstrom's famous toffee. We still have the Country Store that gives out bags of uncooked groceries but the only meat is in the Bacon and Eggs Booth.

Posie Watson, owner of Watson's Floral, was giving out the flowers in the Flower Booth back then; now they are generously donated by Amber Floral.

Chickens? Maybe we could start that up again but I'd want mine live.

The Easter Outfit from Manuel's Department Store has pretty much been replaced by our Grand Prize. This year it's a hot tub from Watermark Spas.

The Shetland Pony? Well, that's just plain crazy that they gave one of them away from the Lions Kiddie Park at Lincoln Park, but then again it was the Lions Kiddie Park and the Lions could put one of its ponies out to pasture if they wanted.

Proceeds of the 1955 raffle ticket sales and carnival went to The Kiddie Amusement Park, glasses and tonsillectomies for needy children, the physically handicapped and possibly a new swimming pool. The Lions started early in the week to build their booths at Lincoln Park where the carnival was held. There were no women in the club back then but the wives eagerly helped.

You can also see that they viewed themselves quite hilarious and still do. Come see for yourself. Join us for the Lions Parade and Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 18. Our theme is Hollyweird. After all, we carry on this loony, screwy tradition for you, our community.

Over the years, every project we have raised money for has touched everyone in some way. So, even if you don't want a hot tub, buy raffle tickets. You may not win, but our community sure does.


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