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Rotary hosts 42nd Annual Fish Fry

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The Fayetteville Rotary Club is teaming up with the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum Association this year in its 42nd Annual Fish Fry, to be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the museum on South Main.

“We’re excited about the way we’re doing the Fish Fry this year,” said Lucy Williams, Rotary Club president. “Normally, we hold the Fish Fry in June, but this year, we’re doing it a little differently.

“In addition to moving it to October, we’re teaming up with the Museum Association’s board of directors, and we’ll be holding it there at the museum as opposed to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds,” she said. “We’re hoping these changes make for a very successful Fish Fry!”

The fund-raiser is being co-chaired by Rotarians Charles (Fuzzy) Harmening and Dan Holt. Harmening has been involved with the annual event since its inception in 1970.

“Typically, we cook up more than 1,450 pounds of catfish and over 4,000 hush puppies,” said Harmening, adding that 1,100 customers normally come to the Fish Fry. “We’re hoping for an even bigger and better fund-raiser this year.”

The 42nd Annual Fish Fry will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Museum, located at 521 South Main Street in Fayetteville. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from Rotarians. A drive-through will be available, or attendees can eat inside the museum.

The Fayetteville Rotary Club’s projects include academic scholarships, Project Bootstrap, the Dictionary Project, Career Day for local high school students, and the Lincoln County Coat and Toy Drives.

A portion of proceeds will also benefit the museum, which houses numerous exhibits and also serves as a venue for many community events. The museum is operated entirely by volunteers and does not receive funding from the city or the county.