Fish fries happen before and during lent in Dayton. Video by Amelia Robinson

St. Pat’s Fest partly canceled due to coronavirus threat; other fish fries canceled or planning to push on 

Some weekend Dayton fish fries are dropping like fish in a frying pan while others plan to press on in the face of growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus.

Organizers of the two-day Carroll High School’s St. Pat Fest, the weekend’s largest fish fry and a kickoff to St. Patrick’s Day, plan to sell carryout orders of fish, coleslaw and French fries dinners for $10 Friday between 5 to 9 p.m., said Michael Franz, school spokesman and alum.

The meals will be available to those who purchased pre-sale tickets. They will receive $5 off for next year’s fish fry.

The St. Pat’s Fest auction will be held online.

Carroll School’s traditional fish fry is set for Friday,  March 13 and will be followed on Saturday, March 14 by the carnival–style family fun day.
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“Everything else Friday is canceled. Saturday is completely canceled,” Franz said. 

Carroll High School’s 35-year-old traditional fish fry was to include food, music and games.

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It was to be followed on Saturday by a carnival–style family fun day launched five years ago.

Franz said pre-sale tickets were up for the fish fry. 

“We were expecting a record year,” he said. “It is disappointing that we had to cancel this event that so many in our community were looking forward to.”

• Preparations for Sacred Heart Fish Fry set for 5 p.m. to  7 p.m. Friday at 209 W. Lake Ave., New Carlisle were well underway Thursday morning, said Dick Kraus, a volunteer for the Knights of Columbus Council 6144 event held weekly through Lent.

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“If we get a good crowd tomorrow night, we are going to keep going,” he said. “If we have just a few people come in, it is over.” 

Kraus said members are aware of warnings from President Trump about large events. Some states have banned public gatherings of more than 250 people. 

The fish fry is one of New Carlisle’s biggest social events of the year, he said.  
Hand sanitizers will be on site, and the kitchen staff will wear gloves. 

“Life goes on in the end,” Kraus said. “The other problem is that everything is purchased.” 

About 345 dinners were sold at Sacred Heart’s fish fry last  week.

Kraus spends about$1,000 each Wednesday on about 200 pounds of cod from WR Hackett in Springfield.

The fish is cut and prepared Thursday morning.

“The smaller pieces get fried and the bigger pieces baked,” he said. 

• In Vandalia, organizers of the St. Christopher’s Fish Fry have canceled this week’s event. The church holds fish fries through April. 

“We will be cautious this week and see what happens with the world,” said Bonnie Prine, the church’s administrative assistant. 

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Like other Catholic institutions, St. Christopher’s is awaiting a statement from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

This news organization has left a message seeking comment from an Archdiocese spokeswoman. 

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 A spokesman for Dayton Metro Police Softball Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser and Monte Carlo said that event planned for 6 to 11 p.m. at ABP Hall, 1675 Woodman Drive in Dayton, said the event — a fundraiser for a girl battling cancer — will go on as scheduled. 

This news organization left voicemail messages seeking information about the status of the North Dayton Anglers and Conservation Club and the Antioch Shrine Fish Fry set for Friday.  

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Bill Ivory,  a past president and the bar and club manager of Eintracht  Singing Society, 2707 Old Troy Pike in Riverside, said the club’s fish fry, a 50-year tradition will continue as planned. 

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About 100 to 150 people eat at the fish fry once a month from October to May. 

The Icelandic Cod was being prepared Wednesday. 

“I have people come in and they say this is one of the best fish fries they been through,” Ivory said.

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