Saturday was a big day for Xenia and for the Xenia Volunteer Fire Department. It was Fish Fry day and the event marks the XVFD’s biggest fundraiser of the year and an event with history in Xenia stretching back more than 50 years.


The fish fry featured a run-ride-run biking and running race in the morning, arenacross races through the day, a pedal tractor pull, a silent auction, a washer tourney and plenty more.


As the afternoon went on, crowds enjoyed the fifth annual cruise-in car and motorcycle show, the cakewalk and the county line sodbusters tractor show.


Saturday was a big day for Xenia and for the Xenia Volunteer Fire Department. It was Fish Fry day and the event marks the XVFD’s biggest fundraiser of the year and an event with history in Xenia stretching back more than 50 years.

The fish fry featured a run-ride-run biking and running race in the morning, arenacross races through the day, a pedal tractor pull, a silent auction, a washer tourney and plenty more.

As the afternoon went on, crowds enjoyed the fifth annual cruise-in car and motorcycle show, the cakewalk and the county line sodbusters tractor show.

XVFD Chief Stacy Bullard was happy but tired on Saturday afternoon. “It’s hot,” said Bullard, “I think it’s going real good though.”
XVFD Captain Bill Bradley said that it was a very busy fish fry, with a lot of people turning out.

“I’ve been cooking from 1:30 to 4:30 and we haven’t stopped since,” said Bradley. “I think it’s going to be a very good year and I’m proud of it.”
An afternoon highlight, the fish fry hosted their second annual Junior Miss Pageant.

The pageant was emceed by last year’s Miss Congeniality, Alexis Shock, who was assisted in presenting the awards by the 2010 Junior Miss Fish Fry Queen, Makayla Schroer.

When the dust cleared, the 2011 Junior Miss Fish Fry Queen title went to Adara Williams. William’s first runner-up was Cloey Powless and second runner-up was India Weller.

“Some of these girls have never been in a pageant before and they did just as well as the girls that had been in one,”  said Pageant Director Mary Kay Branch

“We’ll be here until at least 2015, because I’ve locked myself in to do it,” said Branch, “I’ve had a blast with these girls.”

Into the evening, the fish fry featured a cakewalk, bingo and a beer garden.

The event’s street dance kicked off at 8:30 p.m. and ran until 11:30 p.m.It featured the Crazy Horse Band and Herman Perry and “The Gold Nuggets,” who have played at previous fish fries.

A long day, especially for the organizers, but a good fundraiser for the XVFD and an event for the community of Xenia.

Bullard, Bradley, the other members of the XVFD and the auxiliaries and all of the community volunteers work for free to put the fish fry on. It’s not all hard work and drudgery though, Bradley said with a laugh, “At least I get free food.”