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44TH Annual Car Show, June 4 

The Woodbury Lions Club is presenting their Annual Car Show and Summerfest on June 4, 2023 at Hollow Park in Woodbury, CT, which is expected to attract over three hundred of the finest classic cars in the Northeast, and over a thousand spectators.

“We’ve grown over the years,” said Lion Clifford Ritter, the co-chairperson of the event. “It’s more of a festival now, and a great family event with a little something for everyone.”

Besides twenty-two classes of cars for judging, the event will have music all day, with popular “yacht rock” band Anchor Management performing at 11:30am and 1pm. Music and announcements will be broadcast on 88.5 FM     

The show will have games for kids, and a vendor area. There is still room for a few vendors, especially those who sell automobile-related wares. Sorry, but no food product vendors can be accepted. Space is $25 for a 10’x10’ area. You can download a registration form here and bring it with you on the day of the show. Vendor set up time is 7:30 to 9am. 

Yes, there will be food trucks: Snowden’s Barbecue and El Bori, with the Bethlehem Lions Club selling hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. Finish off with some ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s Catering, and Reverie Brewing Co. will be on hand with their craft beer. Be aware that the trucks only accept cash as payment.  

The Car Show is the kickoff of sales for our Duck Race Raffle. Tickets will be available for $5 per duck, or $50 for a book of ten tickets. As in past years, the top prize is $1000 cash, with ten other prizes of both cash and gift certificates to local businesses.

Cars can begin to enter for judging at 9 a.m., with the first three hundred entries receiving a free dashboard plaque, with general admission beginning at 10 a.m. Admission price is $20 per car, $10 per walk-in, and free for children five. Judging begins at Noon, with trophies presented at 3 p.m. Save time and purchase your tickets in advance at

The Lions use the proceeds from the car show, as well as from their Haunted Hayride, their golf tournament, and their recent Maifest, to award scholarships to graduating Nonnewaug High School seniors. The Woodbury Lions also supports many other organizations, including the Connecticut Eye Research Foundation, the Connecticut Lion Low Vision Centers, the Woodbury Community Services Council, and Connecticut Hospice.


Maifest, May 7

The Woodbury Lions Club is welcoming Spring with their Maifest on May 7 at Woodbury Brewing Company, 738 Main Street South in Woodbury.

Like the better-known Oktoberfest, Maifest is traditionally celebrated in Germany every year. Eleven breweries have already committed to participating. Additionally, polka and other German music will be provided by Chris and Ronnie. Food will be available for sale through Woodbury Brewing.

“We learned a lot from our first festival last year,” said event chairperson Lion Erich Reichert. “We’ve made some changes for this year, and I think we’re going to have a great time.”

There will be one tasting session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The ticket price is $35 and includes a limited-edition commemorative tasting glass. There are only 150 tickets available, and they must be purchased in advance through Participants must be 21 years old to enter, designated drivers are admitted free.

Like all their events, the Woodbury Lions Club uses the proceeds to support their many efforts in their community. Besides awarding scholarships to graduating Woodbury high-school seniors, they support the Woodbury Community Services food and fuel banks, perform pediatric and geriatric vision screenings,  and donate to the Lions Club International Foundation, which provides humanitarian needs for entire communities, including disaster relief.

Maifest tickets can be purchased in advance at, and for more information, contact the Woodbury Lions at

Listen to Music While You Admire the Luminaria

We've added something new this year to the Luminaria display on Christmas Eve: MUSIC!

Tune your radio to 88.5 FM as you drive along Main Street on Christmas Eve to hear some of our favorite Christmas songs. Music will begin about 3pm, and last (hopefully) all night. 


The Woodbury Lions Club is seeking volunteers to help with their annual Luminaria display along Main Street of Christmas Eve.

For the 32nd year, the Lions will line Main Street with luminaria on Christmas Eve. Event Chairman Lion Cliff Ritter is hoping that there are people in town who would like to help. “It’s a massive project,” he explained. “We place thousands of sand-filled bags along the road in the afternoon, and then we go back at dusk to light them. The more people we have to help, the faster we can set out the luminaria and get home to celebrate with our families. It’s also a great way for families to work together.” The start time to set up luminaria is 1 p.m. on December 24.

Ritter also is looking for volunteers to help with the clean up early Christmas morning. “Last year, we started at six a.m., and it only took about an hour.” People interested in assisting the Lions with this annual tradition can contact Ritter through email,, or calling (203) 518-6514.

For those who can’t assist with the Main Street Luminaria, but still want to help light up Woodbury, the Lions will also be selling Luminaria Kits for homes and businesses. The kits include twelve bags and candles, and instructions on how to put the luminaria together and light them. They will be available for purchase from Ace Hardware of Woodbury, Woodbury Saw & Mower, Dietrich’s Garden, and at LaBonne’s. The price is $10.