Firefighters have some fun at the fish fry

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The steamy weather and the threat of pop-up storms could not keep the masses away as hundreds descended upon Prairie Township Fire Station 241 to devour nearly 2,000 pounds of ocean perch for the 71st annual Fish Fry and Cruise-In held on June 25 and 26. The beloved westside tradition, which is hosted by the Prairie Township Firefighters Association, was canceled last year due to COVID-19. Fire Chief Allen Scott, seen here transferring the perch out of the oil and into a cooling basket, said it was nice to get back to some “semblance of normalcy,” but admitted he did not miss cleaning the oil off of his lenses.
The Southern Rock Band provided the musical entertainment for the evening crowd on June 25. Here, Bobby Mason (left) and Tim Castle (right) get into the smooth tunes of Garth Brooks.
Prairie Township Firefighter Donald Goldhardt helps bread the ocean perch.
Besides the ocean perch, one of the most consumed items at the fish fry was the powdered sugar found at Joseph Fannell’s “Pucker Powder” booth. While many people went for the smaller tubes, Jacob Stevens, 3, managed to talk his father, Jordan into purchasing the 60-inch Mega Tube. “I’m so happy,” said Jacob as he pointed out which flavor he wanted to add to the tube.
The township firefighters consider their fish fry to be a family operation. “We all pitch in,” said Bryan Lee. Here, Eve Ellis proves just how true that statement is as the 9-year-old daughter of firefighter Jack Ellis hauls a bag of ice out of the trailer to bring to the beverage station.

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