The meal included a baked potato or fries, bread and salad, as well as two large strips of fresh fried fish for the evening. Hundreds lined up outside the double doors leading to the cafeteria, waiting for their chance to try the famous fried delight while volunteers slid between the masses to handle the ongoing success surrounding them.
According to longtime Lions Club member Peter La Torre, the annual fish fry began in the late 1980’s after a man who originated from the Bay Area, Sterling Lowell, talked the club into the initial project.
Following its on-going success, Sacred Heart Catholic School decided to team up with the honorary powerhouse to provide the annual tidings a place to eat for years to come. The rest is history as far as the community is concerned.
“It’s been around longer than I’ve been alive,” joked fish fry chairman Scooter Friedrich, who jumped into the fray of deep fryers lining the outside of the school’s building.
Since 9 a.m. that morning, Friedrich and co-chair Adam Fruth began to set up for the event in order to provide everything needed before the onslaught arrived. Between the two organizations, 25 volunteers were needed to keep the pace of the line moving at a steady rate, said Friederich.
Overall, Fruth said roughly 1,400 pounds of fish were provided to the public this year for the event, averaging 700 pounds per day.
“It’s pretty expensive to keep this going,” said Fruth Friday, March 21. “All together we make a $3,000 profit between the two days. Each (organization) makes about $1,500. We don’t necessarily make a lot of money, but regardless, we have a lot of fun.”
Despite the need to push forward and cook for a mass amount of consumers, members crowded together and showcased an easy-going spirit while providing for the community endeavor.
“Personally, I think this is something the community should strive to keep going,” said Fruth, while standing amongst his friends Friday evening, March 21. “It’s an outstanding event.”
“There are some members that only come to the fish fry,” added La Torre. “This, they really love and enjoy.”
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