68th annual Fish Fry set

Every year, for the last 68, Seal Beach Lions and Leos have come together to produce the single longest running fundraiser in Seal Beach, the Fish Fry.  On Saturday, July 21, from 11 am to 7 pm and on Sunday July 22nd from 11 am to 6 pm, over 150 Lions will be frying fish, cooking brauts and sizzling up hot dogs for your pleasure.

Entertainment is always a highlight with four bands on each day of the event.  Saturday welcomes: Playeros Flojos, Cuzin Judy, Robby Armstrong and Persons of Interest; while Sunday has: Ty G and the Firestorm, Dangerous Stranger, Danny Dean and the Jon Grillo band.  Many of the bands are local and have been performing for years.

The Fish Fry truly is one of the largest community events of the year, and a signature event for summer in Seal Beach.  Last year, with a draw of 16,000 people, it was a sight to see.  This year is expected to have even more attendees.  Scott Newton, event chairman said, “Fish Fry is the Seal Beach Lions Club’s major fundraiser for the year.   Community support allows Lions to improve our community with Graffiti removal, Park Bench Maintenance, Tree Planting and more. I love the Fish Fry because it’s the one event in town where it seems that everyone attends.  It’s a great opportunity to say hello to old friends”

Under the leadership of Past President Mike Haley, the Seal Beach Lions club has grown to well over 210 members, the largest club in Seal Beach agrees, “Come out and enjoy our million dollar view, enjoy some music, good food, and help out your community all at the same time. Everyone can come see what the Lions are about and have some fun doing it.”

As in many years past, the Lions will be conducting an opportunity drawing for a 2012 Ford Edge truck, along with some other great prizes.  There are a limited number of tickets on sale for $100 each and you can pick them up at Baytown Realty or by stopping by the truck when it is on display at the foot of the pier on weekends until the Fish Fry.  Also, be sure to listen for the mini-raffle, as many local merchants have donated to the event as well.

Proceeds from the event go not only to support the global mission of Lions Club International’s hearing, sight and immunization programs, but in addition, the bulk majority goes back into the local economy in the form of programs like: Lions Against Graffiti, park bench maintenance, tree planting, support of the “Every 15 Minutes” program at Los Alamitos High School and the Seal Beach Leos program.

So mark it on your calendar and get ready to enjoy the view, your friends and neighbors and maybe an adult beverage or two.