It’s been a tradition for more than a quarter century and it’s back again just in time for the holidays. The Hillsboro Lions Club Candy Store opened Monday and will remain open every day until at least Christmas Eve.
This is the 26th year for the store and it is located at 231 N. High St. in Hillsboro next to UDF.
“It’s a big money maker for us,” said club secretary Bonnie Parr, who noted that store sells about 14,000 pounds of candy annually. “We use the money to buy eye glasses for kids, help them go to all kinds of camps, and help with needs in the community. That’s what we’re all about – community service.”
The store hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Parr said the store will remain open until Dec. 24, but if it has candy left over it will also be open the following week.
The store has 48 varieties of what it calls regular candy, nine varieties of reduced sugar candy, three varieties of homemade fudge and nine varieties of nuts and mixes. It’s also selling regular corn brooms for $18, heavy duty corn brooms for $20 and Lions cookbooks for $5.
“We’re here every day. Come on down and support our candy store,” Parr said.
The candy store can be reached at 937-403-1166.
Parr also mentioned that the club is looking for new members. She said it had about 75 members seven or eight years ago, but is now down to around 25.
Anyone wanting more information about the club can call Parr at 937-509-0179 or any other club member.
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