For more than 50 years, the Boonesboro Lions Club fish fry has been an annual event in Winchester.
According to information submitted by the club, the fish fry is believed to be the longest-running fundraiser in Clark County, and has been held at least once a year since 1953.
“People like our fish, they know the proceeds go to a good cause, they know that we are in the business of helping others,” said club member Sandy Ritchie.
In recent years, the club has been hosting two fish fries each year, the first Saturday in June and the first Saturday in October. This Saturday, the fish fry will be from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lions Clubhouse on Ford Hampton Road.
Cost is $8 in advance or $9 at the door. The menu includes unlimited Alaskan pollack, cole slaw, hush puppies and french fries.
Baked goods will be available from the Boonesboro Lioness Club.
Proceeds will benefit local charities and help provide eye glasses for those in need.
The Lions Club also sponsors a community service scholarship for a George Rogers Clark High School student.
This year, the club also will be collecting donations for Clark County Community Services. In recent months, changes in a federal program have left Community Services struggling to keep shelves stocked, and organizations throughout Clark County are pitching in to help.
“We’ve actually already donated. We as a club collected at our last meeting, but they’re still struggling down there and we just wanted to do something to continue to help them,” Ritchie said.
Typically, the fish fry attracts 200-300 customers, Ritchie said. All food is handmade by club members, and the fundraiser is second only to the sale of country ham sandwiches at the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival each year.
“We just have loyal, repeat customers every year,” Ritchie said.