Each meal box contained a fish fillet, corn, potato salad, coleslaw, lemon wedges, tartar sauce and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Free drinks included beer, sodas and water.
This trio of volunteers was in charge of cooking the 200 catfish fillets in the Club’s deep-fryers. From left, are Joe McMurray, Mike Huckabey and T.J. Kopf. Joe and T.J. did the frying, Mike rushed the fillets to the line of packagers.
Long-time Club members Frank and Marian Wolf were first on the line of packagers who filled the picnic boxes. Their job was to start with the still-hot fillets, then pass a box on to others who filled it with “all the trimmings.”
Diners lined rows of tables set up in the pavilions at Atagahi Park. It was the Club’s 43rd Fish Fry. In the past the annual event was often crowded but with two pavilions now there was room aplenty. In the background are tables displaying Raffle prizes and items in the Silent Auction. “Pick-Your-Own” serving times ranged from 4 to 6:30.
Fry workers got a chance to eat, too. Here, Club Secretary Dave Maeda and his wife, Katherine, enjoy the picnic feast. Dave was in charge of on-line ticket sales.
The “Corn Cooking Crew” was made up of (from left) Lee Collins, Martha LeGere, Charlie Carter and Ray Tuers. Lee and Martha wrapped each ear in foil after Charlie and Ray boiled them for precisely six minutes. Ray’s been the Fry’s informal “Chief Corn Chef” for some 15 years.
Raffle prizes were donated by Club members and others. Tables filled with new fishing lures and lines donated by one man made up two Raffle prizes and drew dozens of interested anglers.
Buckets representing Raffle prizes of gift certificates for local restaurants were popular among the diners. Numbered tickets were placed in the buckets of their choice and drawings were held toward the end of the event.
J.C. Cecconi and his Strings & Things musical group of Connestee residents provided tunes during the Fry. Afterward, they joined in the picnic.
Club member Randy Bunn has been Fry chairman four years in a row. He rallies scores of volunteers to put on the traditional event and oversees it personally on the day.