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February 24, 2014

Record catch for fair fish fry

DANVILLE — A record amount of visitors were reeled in at this weekend’s Montour-DeLong Community Fair Fish Fry, with 1,050 people eating 850 pounds of fish.

“We only had maybe about 30 pounds when we were all done,” said Bill Miller, fair president and kitchen manager. The frys always try to have about 850 pounds on hand to cover demand.

Each of the visitors paid $12 for the all you can eat fish buffet, which ran from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Aside from the fried haddock, the meal also included scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, cakes and pies.

All the funds raised will be used to support and maintain the fairgrounds.

Miller said this weekend’s nice weather was a big reason for the large crowd. “We usually do have a big crowd near the end of February. ... Everybody’s tired of being in the cold weather.”

The previous record for number of attendants was about two years ago with 998 people, Miller said.

The average number of attendees is usually around 800. This October will be the 10th anniversary of the fish frys, which are regularly held the fourth Saturday of the month from January through April and September through November.

“When we started around 10 years ago, we had 80 (attendees) and it kept growing,” Miller said.

There was only one time they ever ran out of fish at the fish frys, Miller said, and it was about 7 years ago. There were around 700 people at that event.

About 50 to 60 people helped cook and serve the fish throughout the day, with the first workers coming in at 6 a.m. to cut and bread the fish. The last workers left at around 9:30 p.m.

The fry generally attracts people from all over the area, including Berwick, Bloomsburg and Winfield, Miller said. The next fish fry will be on March 22. “We’ll have as much if not more,” Miller said.

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