2018-08-09 / Front Page

Lapeer Days instrumental to raise money for service clubs, nonprofits


Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna was one of the local dignitaries who volunteered last year to be dunked in the annual fundraiser to benefit The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lapeer County. The CAC dunk tank will be set up on Court Street. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna was one of the local dignitaries who volunteered last year to be dunked in the annual fundraiser to benefit The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lapeer County. The CAC dunk tank will be set up on Court Street. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — Each summer, downtown Lapeer attracts tens of thousands of fairgoers and sightseers, all reveling in the activities, food, sights and sounds. All of those things, however, would not be possible without a number of local service clubs and volunteers.

For more than half a century the Lapeer Optimist Club has been providing Lapeer Days with unique events that offer folks a good time and the opportunity to support the youth of Lapeer — and this year will be no exception.

This summer, the Optimists will hold the 55th annual chicken barbecue from noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Lapeer, and this year will be their 45th year supplying the beer tent. The beer tent will be available all weekend, with proceeds going towards Lapeer County youth programs, schools, and other organizations that reach out to the kids of the community. It provides an opportunity for adults to enjoy the festival weekend while giving back to the future generation.

Inside the beer tent, there will be a Vegas tent where games such as black jack, let it ride, and craps will take place along with a poker tournament. Hours for the beer tent will be noon to 12 a.m. on Friday, noon to 12 a.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A number of other local organizations and clubs will be providing sustenance to revelers as well. If you’re looking for food, there’s always the Elks Club Annual Dinner, which has been a fixture at Lapeer Days for years, and will feature pulled pork sandwiches instead of their traditional roast beef. This year’s dinner will be held Friday, August 17 from 4-8 p.m. The following day, the Elks will once again be offering up pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and corn on the cob, and Sunday, the service group will host a bake sale. And for vegetarians, Grace Episcopal Church will be serving up a variety of egg rolls all weekend.

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lapeer County is yet another organization involved in Lapeer Days, and will once again host their annual Dunk Tank Friday through Sunday. Make sure to stop by the CAC table, check out informational resources, and participate in the dunk tank challenge, which will allow fairgoers to try their hand at dunking Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna and a number of other local figures and volunteers.

Want to have fun and see the festival from the other side? The Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for the Lapeer Days festival, which will take place Aug. 17-19 in downtown Lapeer. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age with a valid ID. Volunteers will receive a festival T-shirt and have access to the hospitality suite during their shift(s) for food and beverages.

The Lapeer Days festival needs several volunteers to help at the Kids Giant Sandbox, the Chamber booth, assist with logistics, special events, and help on Thursday, Aug. 16, which will be the festival’s setup day.

For those interested, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 810-664- 6641.

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