Audiences roar with laughter at Pride of Lions Show in Fort Kent
FORT KENT, Maine — The 2019 Pride of the Fort Kent Lions Show opened with a faux disclaimer warning of the many side effects that can occur from intense and prolonged laughter. If that’s the case, then everyone in the audience at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium during performances May 2-4 went home suffering from multiple symptoms.
“The show turned out amazing,” said Kris Malmborg, committee chairman for the non-profit Lions event that raised about $17,000 to support projects in the area. “We had one of the biggest turnouts of members helping with the show as well, with upwards of 50 plus members either being in the show or involved in the show in some way or another — backstage crew, usher’s, or ticket sales
“Steff Gagne was our emcee and he did an amazing job coordinating and lining up the acts and actors so that the show flowed well.”
The Lions use the money they raised to contribute to the community in a variety of ways, including providing a scholarship fund, maintaining the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park, and sponsoring the local Boy Scouts troop as well as the Scouts’ annual chicken barbecue. Members also decorate town light poles and the town Christmas tree every year.
The show opened with a very convincing impersonation of President Donald Trump by Kenneth “Doody” Michaud who, when dressed in character could compete in any Trump lookalike contest. That was one of the more mild skits for the Lions who also introduced a new character this year from an old Saturday Night Live sketch — Pete Schweddy, performed by Craig Caron.
Schweddy and his family are the proprietors of a dessert shop named ‘Seasons Eatings,’ which specializes in a variety of unsavory treats in the form of flavored holiday dessert balls. Kris Malmborg and Bud Soucy, dressed as female public radio hosts, interview Schweddy while sampling and commenting on the dessert balls, drawing outrageous laughter from the audience.
Other skits included sit ups plagued by flatulence and a French lesson by Lion Darnell Oliver.
“I’m learning French, but I didn’t realize I had to learn Acadian English first,” the Alabama native joked.
Malmborg said it was amazing the club could raise that kind of money for good causes “just by having fun and making people laugh.”
Video copies of the 2019 Pride of the Fort Kent Lions Show will become available for sale in the next few weeks and can be purchased from any Fort Kent Lions Club member or from Nadeau’s House of Flooring in Fort Kent.
The Pride of Lions Show is held every two years and will return to Fort Kent in 2021.