Lions Club to host 77th annual BBQ fundraiser

Published 12:45 pm Saturday, October 9, 2021

The LaGrange Lions Club returns for its 77th annual BBQ on Election Day, which is Nov. 2, 2021.

The drive-thru event will be held at Nick Allen Pavilion, located off of Forrest Avenue. The menu features pork plates, Boston butts, and Brunswick stew.

The event is held on the second Tuesday of November every year coinciding with election day. The group states this was not intentional, but the date is upheld instead because of tradition. This did not change when the pandemic hit last year.

“We have figured out that the community no matter if there was a pandemic or something going on, they were going to support this. We did sell out last year,” said Shane Frailey, the Lions Club President.

Last year proved to be the largest revenue for the event according to Blair Harlin, chairman of the barbecue.

Set up for the event begins the night before to put up the pavilion.

Some members, including Joe Westbrook and Matt Orr, who prepare the Boston butts, stay throughout the night to work.

In the last nine years, the Lions Club raised $258,385 for local organizations and hopes to reach $300,000 this year.

The money raised will go to several different local organizations such as Troup Cares, LaGrange Personal Aid, The Lions Light House Foundation, Camp for the Blind and the Salvation Army. The event will follow COVID-19 regulations set by LaGrange College and will go on rain or shine.

If interested in purchasing tickets, leave a message for Harlin at (706) 594-2610 or blairharlin@gmail.com.