Tickets available for catfish fry

Published 9:25 am Thursday, September 29, 2016

COOLEEMEE – Once a year, the farm family of a young Dora Cope Pierce would come to a place she called “The Shoals” of the South Yadkin River.

“The men would catch the fish and the ladies would cook the fish.”

Wisely interviewed by her late son, Baxter, Dora recalled times before Cooleemee was even born. That was considerably more than a hundred years ago.

When it comes to the river and fish, some traditions just never die. It’s one reason why RiverPark will hold its 15th Annual Catfish Fry on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the big Margaret Woodson Picnic Shelter on the Rowan side of the park at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road.

For $10, a heaping plate of golden fried catfish, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, and a cold drink can be had. A child’s plate is $4. Those who buy tickets in advance eat first and there will once again be a separate take out line.

A silent auction with many unique gifts will line the outer border of the shelter, donated by local businesses. A new fish fry tee shirt is being made, and RiverPark fish fry organizers always hope that hot coffee and an Apple Ugly will combine with a welcome nip in the fall air to fill the parking lot with hungry catfish eaters that Saturday.

Proceeds enable RiverPark, Inc. to keep the park open, clean and safe for families and park patrons. This summer saw the largest numbers ever, especially since water flowed over the dam for the entire season. A new web presence on a Google site drew park-goers from across both the Triad and Charlotte markets.

A social media hit, RiverPark has garnered dozens of “five star” reviews over the summer.

Fish fry Tickets are available in Cooleemee at Davie Discount Drugs, Village Auto, Town Hall and the Zachary House. In Mocksville at the Chamber of Commerce and in Salisbury at the Gateway Center–204 Innes St.

And, remember. This is “The best catfish you ever ate!”.