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June 02, 2010 | 08:20 AM
Lyons — This year, the Lyons Lions Club hopes to bring smiles and laughter to local children — in more ways than one.

Not only is the 16th annual Lyons B-Day event being held this weekend, but the proceeds of the event will fund playground equipment for Riverview Park, the site of many Lyons summer events.

"This year, we have included some really fun adventures for the kiddies," Lions Club member Chris Zusan wrote in an e-mail.

There will be a petting zoo with animals from a Burlington-based 4-H group of everything they show at local and county fairs, from rabbits and ducks to cows and other farm animals.

Through "Touch a truck," children also will get to explore fire engines, tow trucks and an ambulance.

A "Kids hands-on zone" will allow children to explore a smoke house and learn how to safely get out of a burning building.

Zusan stated the specifics of what type of playground equipment may be purchased still are not certain.

"We'll have to go through the (Lyons) Town Board and work out with them what will be wanted or approved by the community, so those specifics are fairly vague right now," she said Friday. "Last year, we purchased (more than 30) computers for (Lyons Center) School, and so this year we wanted to do something else that the community needs help with and this is one place we found could use our help."

Lyons B-Day at Riverview Park will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with a blind net volleyball tournament expected to last until 4 p.m.

According to a Lion Club press release, there still may be room for another team to sign up at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/LyonsWI/index.php.

There also will be a horseshoe tournament at noon and there still is room for players to sign up on the Web site.

There also will be a chance for participants to win cash through "Bovine Belle's No Crap Raffle."

For $10 each, raffle tickets can be purchased to enter two different chances to win $5,000.

They can be bought at Mather's Improvement Service in Burlington, Bonnie & Betty's, Lyons, the Village Tap, Lyons, and Community State Bank in Rochester, Ill.

Drawings for the raffles will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the raffles.

The Twin Rivers Band and The Toys will provide live entertainment.

Twin Rivers Band will play mostly rock music from 3 to 7 p.m.

Zusan stated the best way to enjoy the band is with a brat and beer sold at the event under the shade of a tree.

The Toys will play from 8 p.m. to midnight, and will provide a variety of music, according to the press release.

"We just hope people will come to enjoy a good, quality family-fun day," Zusan said.

And as every year, she said the event will last "until the cows go home."

Admission is $2 at the gate until 6 p.m. — then it will be $5.

For more information call (262) 534-2675.

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