“We’ve been doing it a number of years, and it’s just kind of a tradition,” barbecue chairman, Louis Glendenning said of the annual barbecue, which he estimates began around 1947.
Club members will be pre-selling tickets in front of Pruett’s and Ace Hardware on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Lions will be cooking 1,200 pounds of pork and 600 pounds of ribs, said Glendenning. Barbecue and rib plates, both of which comes with beans and slaw, are $10 each. A pound of barbecue can also be purchased for $10.
A drive-through pickup option will be available again this year.
All money raised will go into the club’s general funds to be distributed to community organizations such as the Mountain Education Foundation and Signal Mountain Library as well as area and national charities related to eyesight. The club distributed $30,000 last year that it raised through fundraisers including its Fourth of July and Labor Day barbecues and car raffle.
“Any money the Lions Club gets, we give back,” said Mr. Glendenning.
The group is planning for its usual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza with around $3,000 worth of fireworks, $1,500 of which is supplied by the town of Signal Mountain. After last year’s fireworks were postponed until Halloween due to fire and weather concerns, Mr. Glendenning said the Lions are hoping to light up the sky on schedule this year.