AVON — The Avon Optimist Club is preparing for its annual fish fry from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 19-21 in the parking lot of the Walmart store here.
”It’s fantastic (that the event is back),” said Paul Grant, club president and chairman of the fish fry. “Cheddars (restaurant) has come in down here and they took about a lot and a half or a lot and three quarters. We had to move down a little farther east. It’s still a Walmart lot and we are still in front of Walmart.”
The meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in front of the Walmart store on U.S. 36.
”The community really comes out,” Grant said. “I even put a Facebook event out there and invited about all of my Facebook people. A lot of them have come back and said that they will be there.”
Though they are extremely proud of the quarter pound of premium breaded cod fillet that they serve, Grant hopes that the community is aware that they serve much more than just fish.
”It’s not just a fish fry,” he said. “A lot of people say that they don’t want to go to the fish fry because I don’t like fish. We have deep fried tenderloins, which is a real big hit every year. We are also going to have a sloppy Joe. It just tastes wonderful. I think it is one of my favorite things here. Of course, we will have the onion rings and French fries. We’ll have slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and we are introducing macaroni and cheese this year.”
He said there would also be hot dogs and maybe coney dogs. The menu will also include elephant ears and funnel cakes.
On Saturday night, members of the Avon High School band will be performing a couple of sets.
”(All of the money raised) goes back into the community,” he said. “We don’t use any of it to support our club. We have members, who pay dues to do that. We sponsor two Distinguished Young Women candidates. As a matter a fact, the Distinguished Young Women candidates will be helping us out on Thursday all day. We also have a Boy Scout troops that’s helping.”
In addition, the club offers a $1,200 scholarship, a math bee for third- and fourth-graders in the spring, an essay contest, and an oratorical contest.