Covington Lions chicken bbq set for April 10

Lee Mayfield and Joe Courchaine turning chickens for the lions club bbq

Lee Mayfield and Joe Courchaine turning chickens for the lions club bbq

COVINGTON -- If you think you smell the scent of chicken roasting over a hickory fire, it's probably because it's time for the 41st Annual Chicken BBQ sponsored by the Covington Lions Club.

This year's event is set for Wednesday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lions' Academy Springs Park Clubhouse on Conyers Street.

Advance tickets are on sale now for $8 each and can be purchased at Mayfield Ace Hardware in Newton Plaza. Tickets are also available from any Lions Club member or on the day of the event.

"Come enjoy a half chicken slow roasted over an open pit, cole slaw, bread, chips and iced tea. Desserts will be available for a donation. A drive-through station will also be available at the Legion Hall parking lot across the street," said Lions Club member Doreen Stallworth. "Lions welcome businesses to place multiple orders for their employees -- an Appreciation Lunch or Dinner would certainly put smiles on their faces!" Orders for over 25 can be delivered. Call 770-860-1414 to place a company order or visit the web site at www.covingtongalion.org.

Lions heavily support the Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind, which provides community vision screening and eye surgeries; the Emory Children's Eye Center, which offers cutting-edge genetic research and operations for children; Learning Ally, which provides personal growth experiences for children, teens and adults with visual impairments through the use of recreation, education, socialization and rehabilitation in an outdoor setting; Leader Dogs for the Blind; Lions Club International Foundation; and provide six scholarships to graduating seniors from Newton County high schools.

"For every $1 given to the Georgia Lighthouse, Newton County receives $5 worth in services," Stallworth said. "The Lighthouse came to the aid of 41 Newton County residents totaling $9,970, or a true value of $39,500. So you can see Lions fundraisers are important to maintaining this one-of-a-kind facility in the state of Georgia. And your participation in Lions events like this chicken BBQ means a lot."

Other Lions endeavors include the collection of used eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones which can be given to any Lions Club member. Glasses and hearing aids are refurbished and distributed to the needy around the world. Cell phones are reconstructed for 911 calls only and used by the elderly living alone.