WOOD RIVER — The Wood River Fire Department is prepared to open the bay doors for the annual fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Residents look forward to the event as a way to welcome in the fall season, see familiar faces and support the community in a fundraising event.
“We have roughly 800 pounds of whitefish and 300 pounds of buffalo ordered and ready for the fryer,” WRFD engineer Scott Crump said. “We hope to serve anywhere from 800 to 1,000 people throughout the day.”
Whereas many people may think it’s reasonable that the fire department raises funds for equipment or training, this fundraiser is used to give back to the community.
“The money raised from the fish fry goes right back out to the people in many different ways,” Crump said. “We make a donation to the MDA, both Roxana and Wood River high school booster clubs and Backstoppers. With tensions high in some communities, the Backstoppers are in need of more support at this time. We believe this is a great way to reach out to our local residents and help a lot of people.”
While carryout is an option, the WRFD also will have a dining room in the truck bay for those who wish to dine in and visit with firefighters and volunteers. Tickets are $8 in advance and can be purchased from any member of the fire department or $9 at the door. Delivery is available throughout the day for orders of five or more. Anyone with questions is welcome to call (618) 259-0984 ext. 2.
High school students looking to complete community service hours for graduation can contact the WRFD prior to the day of the fish fry. The Wood River Booster Club will volunteer during the first half of the day and Roxana High School boosters will take over for the afternoon shift to lend a helping hand.