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The La Habra Host Lions Club was organized in 1947. One of its members, Bill Miller was instrumental in helping the new club form a major annual fundraiser. Bill knew that Southern California had many transplanted mid-westerners and suggested that the Club start an old fashioned corn festival. Initially it was a one day community gathering event that included square dancing, bingo and all the buttered ears of corn that one could eat.

The Corn Festival has been a success for decades and continues to be the highlight of the social calendar in La Habra. Today’s Corn Festival, located centrally in La Habra at El Centro /Lions Park has been expanded to cover an entire weekend and now includes numerous rides and attractions, independent food, game and craft booths, live music, a car opportunity draw contest Miss La Habra, our queen and her court! The weekend kicks off on Friday evening then continues on Saturday morning with a traditional mile long parade which the oldest and one of the largest summer parades in Southern California. Afterwards the fun continues through Sunday evening at the park with traditional contests and entertainment. 

The net proceeds from our largest fundraiser is donated to support various La Habra based non profits agencies as well as regional, National and Global Lions International focus charities and causes. A partial list includes Lions Clubs international Foundation, Lions Eye Foundation, Southern California Lions Eye Institute, City of Hope, Canine Companions for Independence, Teen Recognition, the La Habra Boys and Girls Club, Help for Brain Injured Children, The Gary Center, Advance! On to College, Youth Sports, Senior Citizen Programs and many others. With individual and corporate giving at a historic low, funds provided by Lions are vital dollars to help sustain these important social service programs.

On average about 25.000 parade spectators line up along La Habra Blvd, 75,000 people fill the park over the three day period and about 14,000 ears of buttered corn are gobbled up not to mention the world famous funnel cakes that are freshly made on site. The weather is unusually cool and pleasant which lends itself for an enjoyable weekend.

The La Habra Host Lions Club Foundation is the fundraising and dispersing arm of the Club. All donations made to the Foundation are tax-deductible as the Foundation is recognized by the federal government as a 501(C) 3 corporation. It is estimated that over $2.5 million has been raised and distributed to a variety of worthy organizations, projects and causes as a result of club fundraisers.

The La Habra Host Lions Club is a very active and committed club. It takes the International Motto of We Serve to heart. Beyond that, it has a tradition of excellence, as witnessed by the fact that the Club has produced 4 District Governors and 4 District 4-L4 Lions of the Year. Club membership includes more than 100 individuals and business professionals who make up a crossover of community active professionals, civic leaders and dynamic people  who care to contribute their time, talent and treasure to support the important work that Lions do in their community and beyond. There is absolutely no paid staff. The club is strictly volunteered driven.  The Club also supports a very active Leos Club.

Get to know us better: You are invited to learn more about the La Habra Host Lions Club and how you can make a difference in your community and life by becoming a member. The club meets each Tuesday at 7pm at Westridge Golf Club in La Habra. You are welcome to sit in as our guest to see if membership is a fit for you.  The only requirement for membership is quarterly dues that fund Lions International and to be available to take a few shifts at the Corn Festival.  The club facilitates various annual events and members can be as active as they want to be. Just by becoming a member you are contributing to Lions mission and focus programs.

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Why support the Lions Club as an Individual or business? When you support one of the clubs various events, you are supporting your community as a whole. You can participate in many ways as a sponsor to underwrite event expenses, a monetary donor to support a particular cause or through a gift of product or services that will raise funds through opportunity draws. All donations will be recognized as a tax deductible contribution under the federal charitable giving guideline, Please contact the Club for a recommendation of various events that will fit your personal charitable focus or by giving to the Corn Festival your funds support all Lions charities and causes. Many options such as entertainment, contest or parade sponsorships will gain you publicity through a comprehensive advertising benefit structure.

Lion President Ofelia Hanson

Press Releases

December 16, 2014: La Habra's most dynamic service club recently completed it's annual giving by presenting over 20 local charities and Lion Club focused programs with $75,000 in cash donations "The gifts are a direct result of the Corn Festival" says Lion President Elizabeth Steves , Liz wishes to thank the community on behalf of the club for supporting the annual event held the first weekend in August saying "we could not give without your support.
Thank you for being a part of the largest community partnership by far."

We are sharing a thank you card from the La Habra Boys and Girls Club and a thank you letter from Advance! On To College. Thanks Again!

January 6, 2015: La Habra Host Lions Club recognizes ten members who've met their Proud Lion action items. It makes me so happy each week to see these friends together at our meetings and watch the fun they are having and new friends they are making and best of all there are 10 more amazing people in our community that "serve" it's the best feeling of being a Lion "We Serve" Lion President Elizabeth Steves

From left ; Lion President Elizabeth Steves , Lions Dawn Holthouser , Bob Gross , Marie Murillo, Patty Matamoros , Buck & Veronica Hannah, Carlos & Lisa Sanchez, Marty Matamoros and Jeff Held. Not shown Lion John Campos. Photo credit:Lion  Leslie Gross


January 6, 2015: Welcome new Lions Ray Fernandez and Greg Dickinson. Current membership is 112.

From left: sponsor Lion Kim Praster with cub Greg Dickinson, District 4L4 Governor Gil Smith , Cub Ray Fernandez with sponsor Lion President Elizabeth Steves photo credit Lion Leslie Gross



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