Bulletin staff report

Catfish will be frying once again at the Early Lions Club building come Friday.

Just as it has on at least one Friday evening in June for the last decade or so, Early Lions Club members will be frying up kettles of some of the finest Delta Pride catfish that can be had anywhere, trying to raise money for the numerous causes and programs the club supports throughout the

year.

Members can’t remember exactly when the tradition began. For a number of years the club held two fish fry events a year, along with a stew and chili supper in the winter and a pancake supper in March. Now, said Paul Palmer, one of the club’s charter members, the club doesn’t hold as many events.

“People get so busy now, they get overloaded. But we have as many or more charities and causes we try to support,” Palmer said. “All the money we raise goes to the benefit of others.”

The all-you-can-eat fish dinner is “a great deal” for everyone.

Patrons get to feast on the finest catfish filets available, prepared on-site by Lions Club members.

“Our guys that cook the fish have been doing it for years, and they do a great job. People always tell us how great the fish is,” said Palmer.

Lions Club members special order the fillets and, Palmer said, the Delta Pride brand means the catfish are pond-raised, which means the fish never have the “muddy taste” people sometimes associate with catfish. The fish are all filleted, “so there are no bones,” Palmer said.

Besides the catfish fillets, Friday’s menu will include French fries, cole slaw, pinto beans and bread. Iced tea will be served as a beverage and, Palmer said, pickles, jalapeno peppers and onions will be served as complements to the main and side dishes.

The fresh fried fish will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at the club house on U.S. Highway 183. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any Early Lions Club member or they will also be available at the door.

Tickets are $7 a plate except for children 7 and younger, and those are $4 a plate.

The popularity of the event also helps the Early Lions Club raise money for its numerous club-supported charities. Those include scholarships for students who are diabetic or have other special needs to attend the Lions Camp at Kerrville this summer at no cost to their parents. At camp, those children are able to enjoy swimming, riding horses, nature study, music, canoeing, fishing and overnight camp experiences.

The Early Lions Club also supports such programs as purchasing glasses and other eye-care needs for children; Lion’s eye bank; leader dogs and other local needs assistance; the Brown County Youth Fair; and sports for youth.

Anyone needing information on the fish fry or for general information on the club, may call Palmer at 646-3813 or Gary Torian at 643-1414.