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Lions Switch to Shrimp for Spring Fundraiser

Fresh gulf shrimp is so popular with Canyon Lake residents that Noon Lions have rebranded their annual spring fish fry as Shrimpfest.

Fresh shrimp beats fried catfish hands down, at least at Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club fundraisers, so what used to be Spring Fish Fry is now Spring Shrimpfest.

The first of the club’s two annual fundraisers runs  from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at CRRC Recreation Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., Canyon Lake. Tickets are $12.

According to the Lions President Diane Schaule, the area charity decided to dump catfish in favor of shrimp after noticing last year that attendance at their annual fall shrimpfest was nearly double that of the spring fish fry.

“It was a tough decision for the Club to make to discontinue a tradition that had been in place for many years, but it was time to yield to the shrimp lovers and economic feasibility,” Schaule said.

Noon Lions estimate they have served well over four tons of fresh gulf shrimp since they began their annual October shrimpfest 24 years ago.

Also on the menu on May 4 are baked potato salad, cole slaw, “fixin’s,”, ice tea and water. Desserts are $1 each. Shrimp aficionados can either socialize at the CRRC or place orders to go.

Entertainment by local artist Brenda Varne’ is a staple at Canyon Lake Noon Lions events. A craft show is also being planned with local original arts and crafts featured.

Ten-dollar raffle tickets already are on sale at Ace Hardware, Brookshire Brothers, and at Lowe’s Markets in Sattler and Startzville. There are four prizes valued at $250.00 each, including a $250 gift card from Brookshire Brothers and a gift card from a long-time Lions supporter, Lowe’s Market. Lottery scratch off tickets also are included in the raffle.

Proceeds from Canyon Lake Noon Lions fundraisers stay in the local Canyon Lake community; fund scholarships for local Canyon Lake High School students; and help support Texas Lions Camp for children with debilitating health conditions.

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