Lobster Boil and Steak Fry Saturday in Reid Park
July 28, 2010 | 08:38 AM
Fontana — The annual Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil and Steak Fry is a hallmark event in the village.
The permanent signs that welcome visitors into the village include information about the event, which always is held the final Saturday in July.
More than 2,200 dinners were sold last year, which is greater than the number of residents in the community.
Andy Pearce, co-chairman of the Lobster Boil and Steak Fry, calls it the largest social event in the area.
On Saturday, July 31, the Lions Club will host the happening for the 27th time from noon until 11:30 p.m. in Fontana's Reid Park.
Lunch will be served from noon until 3 p.m. which includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda.
The club will begin serving lobster and steak at 3 p.m. and the dinners will be served until they are sold out.
A lobster dinner cost $30 in advance and $32 at the door. A steak dinner cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
The lobster tails are 10 to 12 oz. and the steaks are 14 oz. black angus rib eyes. Dinners also included peas, boiled red potatoes and onions, rolls and butter and a desert.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Sentry, Walworth; Chuck's Lake Shore Inn, Fontana; through any Lion's Club member and by calling Pearce at (262) 215-5550.
Pearce said last year the club sold more than 2,200 dinners. This year he hopes to sell at least 2,300 dinners
"It will be a record year," Pearce said. "We always run out of food so get there early or buy tickets in advance."
Usually dinners sell out around 7:30, Pearce said. Lobster also outsells steak at the event about 2 to 1.
"We do about 800 steaks and the rest is lobster," Pearce said.
Live music will be featured throughout the day. With Mr. Cab Driver, the winner of the Fontana Fourth of July Battle of the Bands event, playing from noon until 3 p.m.
Mr. Myers, which Pearce described as a "Jimmy Buffet-type band" will perform from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Eddie Butts will play from 7 until 11:30 p.m. Pearce described Butts as a "good rock 'n' roll band."
Both Myers and Butts have performed at the lobster boil for at least the past five years, according to Pearce
"They draw a good crowd and are a lot of fun," he said.
The Lobster Boil began in 1983 at the old Red Eye Restaurant, Linton. At that time, the club sold about 150 dinners. The event was moved to Walworth and eventually landed in Reid Park.
Where do the proceeds go?
All of the money raised at the event is returned to the community.
Recent contributions from the Lions Club includes a $30,000 commitment to fund the new pirate ship in Reid Park and a $30,000 commitment to Big Foot High School to fund a new score board.
The club also has contributed $30,000 to a pavilion at Duck Pond, Fontana, playground equipment at Toynton Park, Walworth and a new pavilion across from Reek Elementary School, Linn Township.
Contributions have been made to various youth sports in the area and the local rescue squads.
The club serves the villages of Walworth and Fontana and the towns of Linn and Walworth.
There are about 45 members in the club and it is always looking for more people to join. For more information about joining the club contact any club member.
Setting up Reid Park for the event begins the Friday before the event at 7:30 a.m. and clean up ends Sunday around noon.