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story.lead_photo.caption Flooding damaged the fairgrounds at the Mokane Lions Club Park. Photo by Quinn Wilson / News Tribune.

The Mokane Lions Club Park needs a helping hand ahead of the Mokane World's Fair, scheduled Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

The Mokane Lions Club is seeking volunteers to help clean up the park ahead of the 70th annual fair. The park sustained flood damage amidst the recent high water mark of the Missouri River. Mokane Lions Club President Terry Howard estimated the park was underwater for three to four weeks.

"We need volunteers to help clean the hall up, scrub the pavilions and possibly paint," Howard explained.

Anyone interested in volunteering can reach out to Howard and the Mokane Lions Club at 573-220-3225. Howard plans to begin the cleanup today and continue as long as necessary.

The Callaway Bank is donating cleaning supplies to the effort, said Debbie LaRue, the bank's vice president and director of marketing and public relations.

"When people have needs you just have to reach out and do what you can," LaRue said.

LaRue explained that earlier this year when the Missouri River levels were on the rise, the Callaway Bank reached out to people in the community and began accepting cleaning supplies that could be donated to causes such as this.

"People in Callaway County want to help. They don't always know how, but we wanted to create an opportunity for them," she said.

The Mokane World's Fair is the primary fundraiser for the Mokane Lions Club, having raised as much as $45,000 in years past. The Lions Club uses the money raised by the festival for a number of projects, including helping local residents pay for eyeglasses and sending money to families after a house fire.

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