by Doug George, Lion, Prescott Noon Lions Club
Since 1971, there has been a cotton candy booth at the corner of Gurley and Cortez on the plaza for Frontier Days-July 4th celebrations. This booth is manned by Lions from the Prescott Noon Lions Club and more recently has also received assistance from the Prescott Noon Lioness Club. We are the Noon Lions Club because there are three Lions clubs and one Lioness club in Prescott.
Anybody who has walked by this bustling booth during Frontier Days may have caught a glimpse of Lions covered in pink fuzz making cotton candy. Throughout the day, new Lions will show up to take their turn in creating these fluffy Pink Puffs On A Cone. Their techniques may vary, but the results are a joy for young and old alike. It has become a tradition with many families returning every year to get this treat.
Why do the Prescott Noon Lions do this? Although it is a fundraiser, it doesn’t raise a substantial amount of money. Certainly we could raise our prices, but fundraising isn’t the only objective. We see this as an outreach to the community. It is a place to purchase moderately priced drinks and cotton candy and interact with club members. We are a service club and this is one of many services that we provide to the community. As Lions, our motto is “We Serve.”
Whether it is the cotton candy booth, pancake breakfast, newspaper recycling trailers, The Eye Care Van, $37,250 donated to local community groups last year, or one of the many other projects we sponsor, we are the Prescott Noon Lions, and we are here to serve the community we love.
So when Frontier Days once again invades Courthouse Plaza, come by to say hello, buy something to drink and learn a little about the Noon Lions. And if you must take a trip down memory lane, go ahead and have a cotton candy!