Westfield Lions Club hosts 86th annual fish fry Sept. 8 and 9


By Renee Larr

The Westfield Lions Club will host its annual Fish Fry 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 at the Westfield Lions Clubhouse, 120 Jersey St. The event draws 400 to 500 people each year for food and fellowship.

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“We were founded in 1930, and the first fish fry in 1931, so it’s been about the 86th annual fish fry. It’s an a la carte menu,” club secretary Jeff Larrison said. “We have fish sandwiches, barbeque sandwiches and hot dogs. We have French fries, cole slaw, baked beans and all kinds of desserts there, so you can pick and choose what you want.”

Club members and their spouses work the event with a little help from younger members of the community.

“We get some help from the Westfield High School Leo Club. We sponsor a couple of Cub Scout packs in Westfield, and they will help us bus tables each night. It’s a big help to us,” Larrison said.

Funds raised from the event benefit Westfield youth who can’t afford eye exams or glasses.

“We average around 50 to 55 free eye exams and glasses for kids in Westfield each year. We have a partnership with Lens Crafters at the national level,” Larrison said. “They help us with discounts on eye exams and glasses so we can get these kids outfitted so they can see.”

The event provides Westfield residents a night of socializing while helping the community.

“It gives people a chance to see old friends they haven’t seen in a long time. We’re getting both the older part of the community, and we’re starting to see the younger part of the community as well. They’re starting to recognize the Lions Club and all the things we do in the community. It’s a nice mix,” Larrison said.

For more, visit westfieldlions.org.