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It was nine years ago that then fire chief Dan Whitted started a Good Friday tradition of giving back to the community with the annual Fireman’s Fish Fry. This year’s fish fry will take place on Good Friday, April 19, from 5-7 p.m., at the fire hall. This is an all-you-can eat venue, with a free will offering accepted.   

“We started doing the fish fry in 2010, it was spearheaded by Dan Whitted as a way of giving back to the community. You know, just to say ‘thanks,’” said Fire Chief Todd Howell. “It’s a thank you to all who support the Shelby and South Toole County Volunteer Fire Department all year long. We live in the greatest little community around and truly believe we owe them.”

When the fish fry originally started the event was hosted at the Elks, but since moving into the new fire hall the crew has been able to host from their facility, something they greatly enjoy.

“We love to show off our fabulous fire hall,” smiled Howell. “It brings great pride to show off the trucks and the hall to people of all ages. Kids especially, they love it! And we love taking the time to do it.”

The fish fry has grown in popularity over the years, with the crew feeding 300 to 450 people, a conservative estimate by Howell, and frying up over 120 pounds of fish. The crew does a fantastic job of working together to provide a tasty meal while also visiting with the community and acting as tour guides for those wanting to check out the fire hall and equipment. 

After a long winter, the annual Firemen’s Fish Fry is one of the first spring social events on the calendar, offering all in the community the chance to come out and visit while enjoying some fantastic fish, courtesy of the fire department.

“This is a great social event we look forward to every spring,” concluded Howell. “Thank you!”

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