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WHVFD holds fish fry

Walnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department officials said Nov. 7 that the 51st annual fish fry fundraiser exceeded expectations.

WHVFD Jerry Steege said Saturday morning that he prepared for 800 plates this year. According to event officials, 820 plates were sold at the fundraiser.

The fundraiser is held each year to raise funds for equipment, and for families who may be in need of a donation.

The fire department opened in 1964, and was incorporated in 1965.

The fundraiser served mullet during its first years between 1969 to 1981, but went to catfish going forward, Firefighter Arthur Levins said in 2019.

The fundraiser included fried catfish, hush puppies, cole slaw, chicken, baked beans, dessert and drinks.

Steege said planning for the fundraiser began in early October. The event was so big, he worked on the logistics for it every day, he said.

During the fundraiser, Walnut Hill’s community service, officer of the year and firefighter of the year awards were given.

Dennie Rigby was awarded the community service award; Levins earned the firefighter of the year award; and AJ Beachy earned the officer of the year award.