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Weather lifts annual fish fry Hundreds turned out for the dinner last Friday night

  • Willie Wolf carries a tray full of fried fish to hungry diners inside St. Joseph's Parish Hall Friday night.

    Willie Wolf carries a tray full of fried fish to hungry diners inside St. Joseph's Parish Hall Friday night.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Lebera Pyle, 104, checked out the dessert table at the event.

    Lebera Pyle, 104, checked out the dessert table at the event.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • St. Joseph Church members Mike Svenski, Patsy Nave and Lou Cooper kept busy filling take-out orders Friday. For the complete story, see page 2.

    St. Joseph Church members Mike Svenski, Patsy Nave and Lou Cooper kept busy filling take-out orders Friday. For the complete story, see page 2.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

 
 
updated: 10/11/2017 9:11 AM

If you love fried fish and lively conversation and you weren't among the hundreds who turned out for the 12th-annual Fall Fish Fry at Benton's St Joseph's Catholic Church Friday evening, then be sure and make a note on next year's calendar to attend.

Jim Yancik is chairman of the popular event. He said he expected to feed around 650 diners at this year's dinner.

"With nice weather tonight, I expect an all-time high turnout," he said.

Church member Willie Wolf hurriedly carried a hot pan of fried fish fillets to the dining area of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

"The cook is busy keeping up with the demand," he said.

Besides the fried fish, guests could choose from fried chicken and fried shrimp, along with a wide array of side dishes, drinks and dessert.

Among the dinner guests was 104-year old Lebera Pyle, who paused a moment while checking out the dessert table before sitting down to answer the question of who she came there with.

"I drove myself, just like I always do," she said.

Oh, and about those desserts she was eyeing.

"They look good!" she added. "My favorite is lemon pie."