By Wyndi Veigel
Frying, fishing and fun is the name of the game, along with fundraising, for this year’s Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fish fry.
This year’s fry, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Farmersville High School, is raising funds for a very important cause – to help with bunker gear for its members and to help outfit the department’s new brush truck.
On average, one set of bunker gear is around $1,600.
“Over the years the support has been great,” Fire Chief Kim Morris said. “We’re hoping for the best fish fry ever.”
Not only will citizens be able to participate by eating delicious, deep fried catfish and all the trimmings, but a silent auction for the department will also be raising monies.
“Our support from the local business owners has been tremendous,” Morris said. “And we have some very good items for people to bid on.”
Raffle tickets will also be available for $1 each and the department will be raffling off a FD themed Whiskey barrel smoker, a queen sized quilt and a $300 Visa gift card.
Tickets for the fish fry are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Dinner will be catfish, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, beverages and desserts. Peanut oil is used to cook the fish so those with allergies are cautioned.
“Anyone wanting to show off their culinary talents is welcome to donate desserts for us,” Morris said.
Desserts can be delivered to the FHS cafeteria by 3 p.m. May 9.
The event provides funds that help support the fire department with other costs that the city’s budget will not provide.
The department also funds smoke alarms and food baskets at Christmas, provides giveaways at National Night Out, gives candy out during Halloween, offers both FD spouses and FD retirees a Christmas banquet for department members and participates in the Angel tree program, all with donated money.