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In addition to the many other activities that the New Fairfield Lions Club organizes in response to special needs in our community, we organize several events on an annual basis.  Here is a listing of our events.  The dates can be found on our calendar also located on this website.

 

July 4th Parade

We host the largest 4th of July parade in this area of the state of CT.  Averaging over 35 marching units (many of whom hail from New Fairfield), and numerous area Fire trucks, this is New Fairfield’s greatest patriotic event of the year.  Thousands of people line the streets to cheer the marchers as they pass.  A reviewing stand is set up in front of the Town Hall and marchers continue to Memorial Field where they disband after invocations and speeches by town officials and the awarding of trophies to the: Best theme, Best float, Best marching unit, Largest group, Lion President's Award.

Olde Tyme Carnival

Each year in July the New Fairfield Lions Club hosts a 5 night carnival (Tuesday through Saturday nights) featuring amusement rides by Stewart Amusement, music provided by local bands and food cooked and served by the Lions.  This is our largest fundraiser of the year and is extremely labor intensive.  We reach out to the community for help in setting up and taking down the large tents that cover our food preparation area and dining area.  LEOs help with both set up and take down.  The Boy Scout troops that we sponsor along with some of the high school sports teams help with the enormous task of getting the grounds ready for the event and with storing our equipment once it is over.   Ride bracelets are sold and food is served beginning at 6 p.m. and the carnival closes each night at 10:30 p.m. 

 

Senior Citizen Picnic at the Town Park

On the Saturday after Labor Day each year the NFLC invites Senior Citizens from New Fairfield and Sherman to a complimentary picnic at the New Fairfield Town Park.  In addition to hot dogs, hamburgers and the trimmings, we serve cake and ice cream to over 120 Seniors each year.  After lunch the Lions offer pontoon boat rides on Candlewood Lake to all Seniors who would like to enjoy the beauty of our lake.  Raffle prizes donated by area merchants are awarded at the end of the day.  Sign up for the event is at the New Fairfield Senior Center.

 

Car Show

Each year we organize an Antique, Classic and Custom Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show held at scenic Squantz Pond.  Plaques are awarded in over 35 different categories and trophies are awarded for the President’s Choice, the Longest Distance traveled and the Best Car Club Representation.  The show runs from 9 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.  Judging begins at 12 p.m. and awards are made as soon as all the judging sheets have been tallied.  About 250 cars enter our competition every year and our flea market attracts vendors of all types.  Dash plaques are distributed to the first 150 registrants and the Lions run a food booth serving breakfast and lunch foods.  All proceeds benefit the many charities we support in our community. To help run this event the Lions are assisted by Boy Scouts from troops 42 and 137 (who are sponsored by the Lions Club) and LEOs.


 

Breakfast with Santa

This popular event features the arrival of St. Nick on the back of a fire truck and is a most anticipated event by New Fairfield’s youngsters.  Breakfast of sausage and eggs, pancakes, or cereal followed by a coloring contest occupies the youngsters until it is time to line up to sit on Santa’s lap.  Parents are invited to take pictures to record the event.  Breakfast with Santa runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In case you missed it this was Breakfast with Santa for 2016..Happy Holidays.

 

Senior Citizen Spring Luncheon

 Spring time party for the Senior Citizen an annual average of 125 folks.  Lunch time gathering is enjoyed by the community after a long winter.  Lions Members enjoy serving the community.

 

Easter Egg Hunt 

Usually organized about one – two weeks before Easter ever year, the NFLC invites New Fairfield children between the ages of 2 and 7 to an Easter Egg Hunt at no cost to participants.  The Lions cordon off areas to separate the age groups and then spread chocolate eggs for the children to collect.  In addition, each child is given a raffle ticket and Easter Baskets are raffled off for each age group.  Annual attendance averages 150- 200 children.

May project work at the Candlewood Girl Scouts Camp

On a Wednesday in late May the New Fairfield Lions spend an evening working to help the Girl Scout Camp get ready for its summer season.  We mend doors, paint, chop wood, clear paths in the woods, or perform whatever services the Ranger needs to enable the camp to be operational.  The evening ends with a barbecue dinner for the Lion volunteers.

Updated 4/11/17

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