The Prairie Township firefighters are preparing for their 59th annual Fish Fry, an event the department gets excited about every year.

The Prairie Township firefighters are preparing for their 59th annual Fish Fry, an event the department gets excited about every year.

"The firefighters look forward to this community event each year," dispatcher and event organizer Nancy Hunter said. "It not only brings in money to help the department but it brings the community together."

This year's event will be held from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on both Friday June 27 and Saturday June 28 near the fire station at 106 Norton Road.

For the ninth year in a row, the event will play host to a car show on the opening day of the fish fry. Registration with an entry fee of $8 is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday only. The first 100 registered cars will receive a free dash plaque, Hunter said.

"The car show just gets bigger and bigger each year," she said. "Our first year of the show we had 60 cars registered. Last year we had 140 cars."

Fifty-one awards will be distributed at the car show, she said.

All years, makes, models and even motorcycles are welcome. Entertainment that evening will be provided by Bud's DJ Service.

Of course there will be plenty of good food to be found at the event, Hunter said. The firefighters fry approximately 2,500 pounds of ocean perch.

The event will also divvy up hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs, she said. Side dishes will also compliment the offerings with baked beans, coleslaw and French fries Pies and cakes will be offered for dessert and soft drinks will be sold to wash it all down.

Also featured at this year's event will be an area for crafts. Anyone interested in displaying their wares is invited to call Brian Roese at 878-2143 in order to rent space at the craft area.

Children will also have an area to call their own. The event will once again provide amusement rides and games by a company called Albanese Amusements.

Each evening, from 7 to 10 p.m. there will be live entertainment by The Nashville Country Band.

A raffle will also take place at 10 p.m. with prizes donated by local businesses, she said.

Hunter said profits from the fish fry go to support the goals and activities of the Prairie Township Firefighter's Association.

"The money goes towards a variety of programs or wherever there is a need," she said. "That could mean the purchase of an extra tool, training programs and fire prevention. We hope to see everyone there."

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