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Lobster boil, steak fry this Saturday in Reid Park



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This weekend, Fontana's Reid Park will be filled with people dining on lobster and steak. The Big Foot Lion’s Club is holding its 29th annual Lobster Boil and Steak Fry. The money raised during the event will support community projects.

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July 24, 2012 | 03:26 PM
FONTANA — For 29 years, the Big Foot Lions Club has boiled lobsters to raise funds for community projects.

Everyone can join that tradition Saturday, July 28 starting at noon, when the Lions serve kid-friendly lunch options of hamburgers and hot dogs with chips and soda, and continues through the night with dinner service starting at 2 p.m.

Advance ticket prices have risen $2 this year to $32 for a lobster dinner or $20 for a steak dinner. Tickets can be purchased at Sentry in Walworth, Chuck's Lake Shore Inn in Fontana or from any Big Foot Lions member.

Tickets at the event will cost $34 for lobster and $22 for steak.

Each dinner includes peas, boiled red potatoes, boiled onions, drawn butter, a roll and dessert.

The entire event is planned and put together by the helpful hands of many volunteers.

"All the chefs, all the staff, that's 100 percent volunteers," Andy Pearce, co-chair of the event, said. "We get great support from the community. Everyone we donate money to throughout the year, everybody comes out to help: friends, wives, neighbors."

Because of the volunteer staff, all of the profits from the event go to helping the community.

"We're still in the middle of a $30,000 commitment to playground equipment," he said. "And two years into a commitment for the scoreboard at Big Foot High School. We continue to pay $6,000 each year on those."

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Pearce has no desire to turn away customers, but the price increase was necessary, he said.

"Everything costs us more to purchase this year than it did last year, so we had to raise the ticket cost," he said. "It's hurting everybody."

They sold out by 7 p.m. last year. Pearce hopes this year is different.

"If you show up at 7 p.m., you might not get any food," he said. "This year, we've purchased more product and hope not to turn anyone away. That's why it's so important that people buy advance tickets. If you have an advance ticket, you're guaranteed to have a dinner."

The Lions served 2,400 last year, and Pearce hopes for at least 200 more.

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"Last year, we built a brand new boiler, which increased our capacity to cook a lot faster," he said. "I can cook 300 at a time now. It cut down the wait time to almost none at all."

Besides the lobster and steak, a children's area will feature "fun things for the kids," and a beer tent will serve fun things for adults, Pearce said.

Live music will start at noon with Al's Blues Faction, followed by Mr. Myers and Eddie Butts playing until 11:30 p.m.

There's a secret element to the event, too.

"I can't tell you where we get the lobsters," Pearce said. "I can only tell you that they come from the ocean."

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