Illinois Valley Lions Club Labor Day Festival: by Dave Anderson

“Celebrating our Golden Jubilee”

Previously the Illinois Valley Jubilee Association was responsible for hosting a celebration of the Valley for many years. In 1972 the association disbanded, effectively ending the Labor Day Jubilee. Beginning 1973, Illinois Valley Lions Club stepped up to continue hosting for the community the I.V. Lions Club Labor Day Festival.
This year marks the 50th year that our club has put this festival on for the community. We have grown the festival to include vendor booths, tuff truck event, pancake breakfast by the IV Fire District, softball tournament, the famous Lions Burger Hamburger booth, kids train rides, beer garden, Harley Davidson Raffle, free school supplies, food truck vendors, all within the Jubilee Park on Junction Avenue with an hour long parade down Redwood Highway thru Cave Junction on Monday at 10 am.
Our club is also celebrating another major milestone this year-Our Diamond anniversary- We have been an active club for 75 years this year. In 2020, our club was gifted the old Umpqua Bank building which sits at the corner of Redwood Hwy and Lister Street which centralizes our location downtown. We have a scrolling sign that advertises events that are upcoming. Our contributions to the community include but are not limited to:
Free Hearing and Eye Exams for community who are financially unable to obtain such exams. Thank you to Lions International Sight and Hearing Foundation, we are able to assist those members of our community.
We also have a medical equipment loan program that allows community to borrow necessary equipment needed for their recovery from illnesses and accidents. We have wheelchairs, walkers, beds, braces and much more.
We sponsor five scholarships to our graduating seniors at Illinois Valley High School.
We sponsor many of the local sports programs and encourage others to do the same. Our sponsorships are sometimes not just financial, but sweat effort by club members.
The I.V. Lions Club was responsible for the funding and building the Amphi-Theatre and the Burger Building in Jubilee Park as well as other items at the park for the benefit of the public.
The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, and runs until Monday at 6 p.m. when we raffle off this year’s Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Our festival will be held without cancellation unless the entire town is evacuated because of the fires. For public concerned with the smoke, we will have face masks available for free at the free school supply booth.
If any questions are out there, please call David Anderson at 541-597-4486. Leave me a message and I will call you back. We are looking for vendors, parade participants, tuff truck drivers, softball teams and more.
Come on out and join us for a weekend of fun. David 541-597-4486.