Sure, the state fair is coming up in a couple of weeks, but for a taste of fair fun that benefits local causes, the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 4528 in Ocean View is bringing carnival fun to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall this weekend.
The Carnival of Games is both a fundraiser for the many causes the auxiliary supports and an opportunity to give families a fun summertime activity, according to Auxiliary President Patty Burke.
“We wanted to do something for the kids in the community,” Burke said. She added that last year’s carnival was “so much fun, it got bigger,” thanks to added games, all produced by Eagles members.
There is no admission charge for the carnival, but tickets can be purchased for games, as well as various auction activities during the carnival, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
In addition to the activities, the lodge will be offering food for sale, including hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as classic fair foods, such as fried Oreos. A “sweets shack” will be a highlight, as will a cake auction through which attendees will have a chance to take home goodies baked by lodge members.
The local Eagles lodge has donated to such local causes as Cats Around Town and Camp Barnes, as well as helping more distant causes, such as disaster relief for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The lodge also joins all Eagles lodges in supporting the University of Iowa’s Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, Burke said.
She said the community always comes through to help the lodge in its various fundraising efforts, and the carnival is no exception. Burke said the Millville Volunteer Fire Company has been “absolutely great. They let us use their whole facility.” She also recognized local businesses, particularly Banks Wines & Spirits, which has donated items for the auctions. “It’s great to have somebody like that in the community,” Burke said.
The Ocean View Eagles lodge currently has more than 700 members, “and we just keep growing,” she said. She attributed the lodge’s success to the Eagles’ motto, “People helping people.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Burke said.
For more information on the Eagles’ carnival, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Kerin Magill