A Tradition of Chicken Dinners

RIVERDAYS 2010The July sun is starting to sink over “The Family” sculpture.  Families choose spots on the grass in Chippewassee park and spread out blankets and set up chairs as children race around the park, playing tag.  Families settle into their seats and onto their blankets, enjoying their chicken dinners and looking forward to live music and fireworks. This is the tradition of the third Saturday in July for the last 22 years in Midland.

For 22 years, the Lions have served the traditional summer chicken dinner on Saturdays as a part of RIVERDAYS.  A delicious tradition for Midland families, the dinner is a favorite among the young and old, families and groups of teens.  “There’s just something about those chicken dinners, “ smiles Lynda Stark, the Lion who organizes the event.

This year is no different.  On Saturday, July 17, the Lions will host the Lions/Meijer chicken dinner. The meal includes 1/2 BBQ chicken cooked on the site by M&M Meats of Clare, a baked potato, applesauce, roll and butter and a chocolate chip cookie.  A beverage is included with the meal.  The cost of the tickets are $8.50 and the Lions are giving out coupons good for $10 off a $75 purchase at Meijer.

Meals are served from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm or as long as there is chicken to serve. There will be off-site pick up at the City of Midland Parking Lot just west of the BP Station on Jerome Street.  The times for off site pick up will be from 4-6 pm.

RIVERDAYS will include several new activities this year, and celebrate the traditional favorites.  It will be a packed event this year with The Verve Pipe, All American Lumberjack Show, mud volleyball, the Milk Jug Raft Race, fireworks, Michigan Beer Tasting, The Sinclairs Band, and so much more.  All schedule details will be posted at the event and can also be found at www.midlandfoundation.org.  Convenient parking is located across the Tridge Downtown, at the Farmer’s Market, and also at St. Charles Park.