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Tickets going on sale for popular ‘Pride of Lions Show’ in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Tickets are going on sale later this month for the crowd-pleasing, mega-fundraising, biannual “Pride of Lions Show” to be performed in May.

The Fort Kent Lions Club sponsors, produces and provides actors for the live show that raises around $15,000 each go-round. All money the Lions raise supports projects in the community.

“We are also celebrating our 80th year as a club, and we are one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest club in New England, with approximately 115 members,” said Kris Malmborg, who is committee chairman for the fundraising event. “We have a great range of ages with one of the youngest members being around 20 years old and the oldest member being 93.”

About 40 to 50 of those members, some of whom have popular recurring characters, contribute to the Pride of Lions Show.

“As for characters, since we’re never exactly sure who will be in the show from year to year, I usually like to joke that I heard many of the well-known characters such as Ti-Joe, Tante Rose, Jean Pierre Pantalon, Laurette, Raoul Ti-Lou Lemieux, Sunny Guerrette and Fou Red have escaped this cold winter in northern Maine, and headed to Florida to be with the snowbirds,” Malmborg said. “But I have called, emailed, and texted all of them, and I’m very hopeful that they will make it back north in time for the show.”

Malmborg added that this year’s show will include mostly English speaking skits although traditionally the majority of skits were delivered in Valley French.

“In years past, we have always heard concerns from people who make statements about not understanding French, which is why they didn’t attend the Lions Show, but we want everyone to know that the show is now tailored for those who understand and do not understand French, because we want the show to endure,” he said. “French will still be incorporated, but no matter if you do not understand a word of French, you will still 100 percent understand what the skit is about, and it will be equally as funny.”

Malmborg added that if anybody wants to to submit ideas for the show, they can do so via the Fort Kent Lions Club Facebook page, or by talking to one of the Lions Club members.

“We also like to urge people who have never been to a show, to give it a try at least once, and we can almost guarantee they’ll beg for tickets to the next one,” Malmborg said.

The Pride of Lions Show 2019 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium. Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be available by Jan. 18 at Chasse Chiropractic in Fort Kent and Madawaska, Nadeau’s House of Flooring in Fort Kent, and Pelletier Ford in Fort Kent.

“We promise that this will be a great show, and not one that you want to miss,” Malmborg said.

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