In the 67 years the Keller Lions Club Fair has been around, Don Blevins has been a part of most of them.
His dad, Weldon Blevins, was one of the founding members of the club in 1948, so Blevins grew up attending the fair.
In honor of his many years of service, Blevins will be the Grand Marshal for the 67th Annual Lions Club Fair and Parade March 31.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. and will travel from Bear Creek Intermediate School, 801 Bear Creek Pkwy., and ending at the the Lions Club, 532 Keller Pkwy.
The fair will run April 1 to 5, opening at 5 p.m. April 1-3; and 1 p.m. April 4 and 5.
In its early years, the fair was held on the grounds of the Keller Elementary School—now the Keller ISD Education Center.
Blevins said the carnival was held outside and various community businesses and groups had displays in the Rock Gym.
Events included a livestock fair and a rodeo that benefited the Keller Fire Department.
Blevins credits the fair and a ride on the Ferris wheel for his first date with his future wife, Kaye.
Just a few years after they married, Blevins joined the Lions Club. Next month he will have been a member for 50 years.
"I saw the work my dad did and others did to establish the club and the fair and wanted to be part of it," he said.
The fair, now known mostly for the carnival and the beauty pageant, raises funds for the club’s many community service endeavors.
Assisting the visually impaired has been an international Lion’s Club focus since Helen Keller challenged the organization back in the 1920s. The local chapter works with children in need in the Keller school district to get them care and eyeglasses.
The group owns a high-tech device that can screen for vision problems in a matter of seconds. The machine will be put to work for interested fair goers.
The Lions Club supports charities like Metroport Meals on Wheels and the Texas Lions Youth Camp and provides space and support for Keller 4-H and a local Boy Scout troop.
"To serve is our motto, and we take that to mean serve our community as a whole," Blevins said.
For more information, go to kellerlionsclub.com or call 817-688-6777.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231