Jim Falls Lions Club builds wheelchair ramp, deck for Sturgeon Fest attendees

Jim Falls (WQOW) – This weekend is the annual Sturgeon Fest in Jim Falls, and after 58 years, the Lions Club made a move to help those who can’t, by creating a wheelchair accessible ramp and deck.

The club’s Wheelchair Ramp Committee was formed nearly six years ago. They’ve built more than 45 ramps for surrounding community members. But last year, they noticed the need for one at Sturgeon Fest.

“Four or five recipients used the platform,” said Jim Raleigh, chairman of the Wheelchair Ramp Committee. “One of them, he mentioned to me he’d been here 11 times in the last 11 years and never did he have a place to stay. He would sit across the way in the bleachers and people would bump into him. And last night he thanked me over and over again for this fine platform to rest on.”

From start to finish, the deck took a month to build. A local landscaping company, S, and K provided free labor for the paved path. The fest also expanded their bleachers, to bring in a higher attendance.

Organizers expect to raise $50,000, which all goes back into the community. Sturgeon Fest ends on Monday. For a list of events, see here.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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