Trustees ready fish fry


By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com



Rich Meyer (left), of Botkins, and Joe Benanzer, of Fort Loramie, unload a fresh batch of fried fish at the Shelby County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association fish fry at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in 2015.


SIDNEY — The tan building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds will fill with the aroma of freshly fried fish March 18 when the Shelby County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association opens its annual fundraiser at 5 p.m.

Fish dinners will be for sale until 8 p.m. The cost of the meal will be $6 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any Shelby County township trustee. The menu comprises fish, cole slaw or applesauce, chips, green onions and choice of bread. Soft drinks, water and beer will be available for purchase. Everything is available for carry-out as well as dining in.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing and tip books will be for sale for prizes.

The trustees fish fry, as it is familiarly known, has been an annual event since at least 1977.

“We like to think this event is more about community than raising money,” said Association Fiscal Officer Deborah Middleton. “The trustees work hard preparing and serving as fast and efficiently as our equipment permits. But everyone agrees the hard work is worth greeting all our friends, family and acquaintances we only see once a year when they come in to eat dinner. We like to encourage families and because our sponsors are generous in helping us, we did not have to raise our price per ticket and can offer a reduced child price making it family-oriented. We donated more than $2500 in December last year to eight different organizations in Sidney and Shelby County.”

According to Middleton, 697 dinners were served last year.

Sponsors who have provided funds and in-kind services include Cargill, Hi-Grade Oil, Barrett Paving, Freisthler Paving, Wagner Paving, Ticon Paving and J&A Construction Corp.

Rich Meyer (left), of Botkins, and Joe Benanzer, of Fort Loramie, unload a fresh batch of fried fish at the Shelby County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association fish fry at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in 2015.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2016/03/web1_TrusteeFishFry_0315lg.jpgRich Meyer (left), of Botkins, and Joe Benanzer, of Fort Loramie, unload a fresh batch of fried fish at the Shelby County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association fish fry at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in 2015.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.