In true panhandle spirit, thousands of people will gather in Dumas this weekend to help raise thousands of dollars to support local charities by just having fun.
The Dumas Lions Club will host the 67th Annual Dogie Days event this weekend. It will be full of good food, entertainment, and plenty of laughter.
The Lions have always been a big part of the community and work hard to give back.
Boss Lion, Milton Pax says the Lions are a public servant and put on the event for the town to have a good time, while raising money for charities.
He says, â??I think the community enjoys Dogie Days every year and it's just a fun event for us.â??
Raise money is exactly what the Lions do.
Aiming to beat their 90,000 dollar mark last year in funds, the club oversees many different activities throughout the weekend, while drawing thousands of people from all over.
Club member, Chris Benson says people come from all over Texas and they even have out of state visitors.
He says, â??If they've ever heard of dogie days or been here before, no matter where they are, they come back because this is where you have a lot of fun and where else can you get rooster eggs?â??
Rooster Eggs being a special Dumas, Texas style donut.
The money raised will go to support various charities, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Boy Scouts, and Texas Lions Camp for Disabled Children.
This morning was the kick off to the event with the Lion's famous pit bar-b-que. The club served more than 5,000 people a down home Texas sized meal.
A carnival is also open throughout the weekend and the event will end on Saturday with The One and Only Dogie Days Parade.
Benson invites anyone and everyone to join in on all of the good times, while supporting the Dumas Lions Club and their charities.
Benson says, â??The best part about the event is seeing the community come together to celebrate service and help others. The fun is just a bonus.â??