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6CortlandandShabbonateamuptogivepontoon-boatrideswhileWatermanoperatesthe20-seatMontrealcanoe.TheDeKalbEveningclubprovidestentsandwheelchairassistancewiththehelpofEarlvilleandDeKalbNooncontributestwo-wayradios.TheSandwichclubrunstheshingdockwithhelpoftheDeKalbCountyAnglersGenoaisinchargeofphotosLeehelpsoutwithlifevestsLelanddirectsparkingandkicksinwatercoolersPawPawofferstramridesandclownsandSomonaukensuresthattheLionsmascotandSmokeytheBearmakeanappearance.HinckleyprovidesandrunstheverypopularpettingzooKirklandsuppliesthepopcornandSycamorefurnishesthegourmethotdogandpotatochiplunchwithhelpfromMalta.Theclubsalsotaketurnshostingtheeventandappointingitschairman.ThisyearitwasShabbonasturnagainmarkingthebeginningofthethirdcycle.IttakesalotofworktogetreadybutbecauseeveryoneknowswhattheirresponsibilitiesareitisstreamlinedinthatrespectsaysthisyearsDerbyChairmanShawnEaton.EvenofcialsfromtheShabbonaLakeStateParkjumponboardtohelpsetupfortheeventandmakesurethatpathsandrestroomsareaccessible.IcantemphasizeenoughhowwonderfulitisworkingwiththefolksatShabbonaLakeStatePark.TheyareveryexiblealwayseagertohelpandrecognizetheimportanceoftheeventsaysEaton.Itsalwaysfunonthedayoftheeventtoseeparticipantsgoingfromoneattractiontoanother.IgettoseealotofthesamepeopleyearafteryearandIreallylikethat.ManyparticipantsarebussedinfromcampsorcentersinthesurroundingareasuchasDeKalbParkDistrictsCampMapleLeafOpportunityHouseorthePhilipJ.RockCenterofGlenEllyn.Otherparticipantscomewiththeirfamiliesorcaregivers.LionEdCarterandhiswifeSuealsoaLionhavebeeninchargeofregistrationandgettingorganizationsandindividualsinvolvedforthepastseveralyears.ThedoorisopentoanybodywhowantstocomesaysCarter.TheparkisbigsowehaveplentyofroomandSycamorecanalwaysndmorehotdogs.Despitethisyearsone-weekdelayduetosevereheatconditionstheFishingDerbystillmanagedaturnoutofalmost200participantswithabout150Lionsandothervolunteersfromthecommunityouttohelp.EvenunderaslightlycloudyskyandabitofraininthemorningtheDerbywenton.TheonethingthatwedidntwanttodowascanceltheeventsaysEaton.Inits33yearstheeventhasbeenpostponedbutithasneverbeencanceled.WhatmakestheeventtrulyworthwhilefortheLionsisthetimetheygettospendinteractingwithparticipants.AtsomepointeverybodyworkingattheDerbymakesaspecialconnection.ItjusthappenssaysCarter.OverthedecadestheLionshavehadsomeunforgettableexperiences.WhetheritsgettingalittlegirlwhohardlyspeakstoopenupthroughthesimpleactofcatchingashhelpingayoungpersongetintoaboatfortherstAfishstoryinthemakingCOMMUNITY