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Lions to host last craft beer fundraiser at Beulah Park

The April 26 event will be the last public function at Beulah Park, but not the last beer fest for club

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It might be the last public event at Beulah Park, but it won't be the Grove City Lions Club's last craft beer fest.

The third annual Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the upper clubhouse at Beulah Park. In addition to 180 varieties of craft beer, the event will feature a silent auction and, for the first time, food trucks.

"It has grown each year," said Clint Rardon, president of the Grove City Lions Club. "We're anticipating that again this year with ticket sales. ... It's a great time."

Tickets for regular admission are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and come with a souvenir tasting glass and 20 four-ounce sampling tickets for the craft beers.

Designated drivers will be admitted for $5 and will be given a wristband upon entering that gives them access to a food voucher, unlimited soda and a souvenir glass when leaving the event.

"We like to take good care of our designated drivers," Rardon said.

The craft beer fest serves as a fundraiser for the Grove City Lions Club to benefit Pilot Dogs Inc., which provides guide dogs to sight-impaired individuals at no cost, and Lions' Club Sight Care Programs.

"Our main focus is for Pilot Dogs," Rardon said. "The cost of a Pilot Dog is about $11,000."

At last year's fest, the club was able to raise enough money for a Pilot Dog but is still looking for a local resident for whom to buy the dog, Rardon said.

"We have that donation ready," he said.

The Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest is being touted as the last official public event at Beulah Park, which is closing after its races on Derby Day, May 3.

"We're all sad to see them go," Rardon said. "They've taken good care of us, and they've been a part of the community for 90 years."

Grove City officials also are bidding farewell to the 91-year-old racetrack April 26, with the Beulah Park Celebration, set for noon to 5 p.m. April 26 at the track, 3811 Southwest Blvd.

Rardon said the Lions are searching for a location for next year's craft beer fest, but right now, the focus is on the upcoming one.

For details, or for tickets, visit springcraftbeerfest.com. Tickets can also be purchased from any Grove City Lions Club member.

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