With the return of fall comes the return of Camp Aldersgate’s Fish Fry. And after two years of a drive-thru only, the 39th annual event is back in-person with more than just delicious fried fish meals.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Aldersgate’s campgrounds on 2000 Aldersgate Road. While the freshly fried catfish with all the fixins is certainly a big attraction of the event, there will be several new components to this year’s festivities. Attendees are invited to come and go as they please to explore the beauty of the campgrounds while participating in adaptive yoga, hitting the lake for the youth fishing derby, visiting furry friends at the petting zoo, riding the historic carousel and more.
“The structure of this year’s event is a ‘game changer.’ Getting so much external involvement will not only grow Fish Fry this year but sets the stage for years to come. I see this year as a jumping off point,” says Cathy Engelkes, Fish Fry Event Chair.
Another large component that Aldersgate is bringing back this year is the Fish Fry Family. The Eyres family – Ruth, Tammy, Rashon and Mirande – is this year’s honoree. The Eyres have been involved with Aldersgate for several years, starting when Ruth served as a youth volunteer. Since then, Rashon and Mirande have enjoyed being campers and attending summer and weekend camps.
The Eyres not only enjoy the programs at camp, but Ruth says the Fish Fry is a family-favorite event for them, too, and encourages people to enjoy the event and learn more about the organization: “Everyone should come to the Fish Fry, not only for the wonderful fish, but also to see how beautiful Camp Aldersgate is and to meet many of the campers, their families and camp staff. You will learn how passionate camp staff and volunteers are about making a difference in the lives of every camper.”
Tickets can be purchased online or at the event for $20 (individual tickets) or $65 (family pack for four). Kids under six years old eat for free. For those looking to grab their fish to-go, a drive-thru option will be available at OrthoArkansas.