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Lion's Club's 36th annual event kicks off today at Big Sandy Supestore Arena

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The annual Lions Arts and Crafts Festival kicks off Friday, Nov. 30, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center.

The 36th anniversary event is sponsored by the Lesage and Southeast Huntington Lions Clubs. It features vendors from across the eastern coast and Midwest. Hours for the show are 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

"All the money we raise from this show will be used for charitable purposes including providing assistance at the local level for those who need help in getting glasses and hearing aids, Boy and Girl Scouts, high school scholarship, volunteer fire departments, etc.," show chairman Gary L. Watson said in a release.

The Lions Club will also use funds to help with natural disasters, such as this summer's tornado and derecho.

Free eye screenings will also be available from Lions Clubs members during the show hours.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

In other Lions Club news, more than 20 Lions Clubs Cabell, Wayne, Putnam and Kanawha counties will ring bells for The Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 8. This is the fifth year for the project, said chairman Eddie Queen of the Cross Lanes Lions Club.

The project began when Queen was district governor. The Lions Club has donated around $50,000 to the Salvation Army over the past four years between man hours and kettle donations, Queen said.

Lions Clubs International is an international service organization with 1.35 million members in 209 nations around the world.

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