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Fall Fish Fry attracts hundreds

  • More than 500 hungry diners packed the gym at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton Friday night for the annual Fall Fish Fry.

    More than 500 hungry diners packed the gym at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton Friday night for the annual Fall Fish Fry.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Nick Laur of Sesser sought out advice from volunteer desert hostess Kathy Neal while trying a piece of sugar-free pie at at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton Friday night for their annual Fall Fish Fry.

    Nick Laur of Sesser sought out advice from volunteer desert hostess Kathy Neal while trying a piece of sugar-free pie at at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton Friday night for their annual Fall Fish Fry.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Betty Ernst of Christopher and Father Urban Osuji share a laugh while dining at the annual Fall Fish Fry St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton Friday night.

    Betty Ernst of Christopher and Father Urban Osuji share a laugh while dining at the annual Fall Fish Fry St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton Friday night.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

 
By Ceasar Maragni
Contributing Writer
updated: 10/9/2019 12:46 PM

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benton's annual Fall Fish Fry proved to be very popular again this year when another large crowd showed up to support the event held in the church gym this past weekend.

Parish priest Father Urban Osuji seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself while dining at the annual Fall Fish Fry as he moved from table to table sharing a smile and small talk with the diners.

While Father Osuji was busy mixing with the crowd inside the church gym, longtime church member Willie Wolf was also on the move as one of the volunteers who was tasked with carrying large pans of freshly fried fish and shrimp from the portable kitchen parked outside to the many other volunteers who were serving the hungry guests.

The small army of church members who help put on the always-popular fish fry spend many hours in preparing, serving and cleaning up afterward, but it appears to be a labor of love if the smiles on nearly every one of their faces was any indication.

"By the end of the evening we had fed 526 people this year and that's about average for us," church spokesman Dave Cooper said. "We always get wonderful support from the entire community."