LIONS CORNER: Annual July 3 celebration, midnight fireworks planned

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 15:03
  • Fireworks at an Independence Day celebration at Eagle River Lions Park on July 3, 2017. The show featured $10,000 worth of fireworks. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)

As you think about the upcoming Independence Day celebrations, remember to thank our veterans for your freedom. We live in paradise because of those who gave some and some who gave it all.

Your local Lions are all about the month of July with many fun activities to get you outdoors.

It is time for our annual fireworks extravaganza on the 3rd of July. For its 31st year, Eagle River Lions Park will be booming with excitement on the 3rd of July at this FREE event for the public. Look for a great time brought to you by your local Lions.

The event begins at 6 p.m., with fireworks starting at midnight.

We want you to spend the afternoon and evening with us, bring your RV and set up for the evening. Parking is crazy, so be early, or park at Wal-Mart and walk over. There will be something for everyone from food booths, games, two bands, beer garden, climbing wall, etc. Plan on having your eye screened and face painted by the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

Plan early as the park becomes full with about 10,000 guests waiting for that big moment of our fabulous fireworks display at midnight that should last about 15 minutes. Eagle River Lions budgets $10,000 each year for this exciting display of pyrotechnics. It takes many months of planning; actually we start on the 4th of July thinking how can it be made better each year.

That is not enough celebrating? Why not join in watching the Fourth of July parade which starts at 2 p.m. at the fire station on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak. Chugiak Lions will have a float and be throwing out candy to the kids. There are about 30-45 entries of hometown fun.

And Lions are not done yet, July 11-15 is the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival. Check out the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber page for a list of events, or you can find the official Bear Paw guide in this week’s Star.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions will be sponsoring for the 31st year the Miss and Mr. Bear Paw Pageant. It will be held July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Steve Primis Auditorium at Chugiak High. Come and cheer on your local teens and enjoy their talent performances. It is a night to remember.

The event offers scholarships opportunities for local Eagle River, Chugiak and Peters Creek young men and women who are enrolled in grades 9-12. They compete in costume competition and personal interviews. This is a pageant based on poise, creativity, friendliness and service to the community. The Miss Bear Pageant contestants will all join in activities during the festival helping with different activities and spreading fun throughout the Bear Paw Festival.

Scholarships to be presented for the 2018 winner’s include:

• Miss Bear Paw Queen will receive a $1,000 Scholarship Sponsored by Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club

• Mr. Bear Paw King will receive a $1,000 Scholarship Sponsored by the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation

• The female contestant who is selected for the Most Outstanding Community Service Record will receive a $500 scholarship Sponsored by the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club.

• The male contestant who is selected for the Most Outstanding Community Service Record will receive a $500 Scholarship Sponsored by the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club.

Along with the scholarships, contestants are recognized for Best Costume, Miss Congeniality, and Mr. Congeniality.

If you are interested in entering, please stop at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce to pick up an application or find them online for all you computer experts.

Join us at the Lions Park for the Rodeo Friday through Sunday at Lions Park. Love that bull riding … my favorite event.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a Lion, visit, or give me a call, Karen, 907-242-1129. We have four local clubs in the Chugiak-Eagle River area, I am sure one suits you.

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