Frying up fish for the firefighters

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By Amanda Amsel
Staff Writer

The Prairie Township Fish Fry was the talk of the recent Prairie Township trustees meeting. Organizers of the fish fry discussed the last minute preparations for the annual event, as well as discussed how community members can help.

The 67th annual Prairie Township Firefighter’s Association Fish Fry will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 106 Norton Road.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so having a strong attendance is crucial for us,” said Nancy Hunter, organizer of the event. “The money raised from this goes toward buying equipment for the firefighters that we wouldn’t want to use tax dollars for like TVs, cooking equipment and other items they use when they are on duty for their long shifts.”

Each year the fish fry attracts upwards of 12,000 people and raises between $6,000 and $9,000.

“When the fish fry first started out, it raised all the money for the year for the volunteer Prairie Township Fire Department,” Hunter said. “Today it has transformed into more of a homecoming celebration. It is a great way to catch up with old friends you haven’t seen in a while and support the community.”

This year there will be a variety of food, entertainment and activities to entertain residents and visitors. The firefighters plan to fry approximately 2,000 pounds of ocean perch, as well as sell hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, French fries, pies, cakes and soft drinks.

The entertainment for the weekend includes a performance from The Salty Six String, the Tennessee Honey and the Wild Eagle Band. All of these bands also are local talent, something the festival strongly promotes.

If you have a great car, organizers of the event also encourage you to participate in the 17th Annual Firefighters Cruise-In. The entry fee is $10 and 50 award trophies will be presented. All makes, models and years are welcomed to participate.

The fish fry will also feature a variety of crafts, amusement rides and games for families to enjoy.

“We also will have our annual raffle,” Hunter said. “A few of the prizes that will be raffled off include cash prizes, gift baskets, gift cards and even sporting event tickets.”

If you are interested in donating an item for the raffle or want to volunteer to serve township residents at the event, contact Nancy Hunter a nhunter@ptfdfire.com.

“This really is a great community event that everyone should support,” Hunter added. “In a time when things are constantly changing this is one event that has stayed the same for decades and that is what people really love about it. It is old fashion and fun.”

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