WAYNETOWN — Hot fish sandwiches will be the main course at the Waynetown Fish Fry scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Rev. Guy Tremaine Park in Waynetown. 

The annual event is one of Montgomery County’s largest festivals and the Waynetown Merchants Association is the festival’s organizing body. Proceeds from food sales go toward funding many community events sponsored by the WMA.

More than 100 community volunteers will help in a variety of ways during the three-day event.

Fish fry traditions include homemade desserts and salads made by Waynetown area churches. Also on the menu are hot dogs, baked beans, cottage cheese, vinegar slaw and creamy slaw.

This year’s fish fry was moved up one week to accommodate a new carnival vendor. The carnival that had been contract with the town backed out last winter when its owner retired. Huesman Amusement Company from Shelbyville offered its services but they were already booked for the Paoli Fall Festival. WMA officers agreed to reschedule the fish fry so they could continue the tradition of having a carnival.

“We felt it was important to have a carnival so it was easy to make the decision to move the fish fry up one week,” WMA president Sam Biddle said. “We really are lucky to even have found another carnival that was not booked so we can continue our tradition of having rides for all ages.”

WMA entertainment organizer Marcy Walden secured bands for both Friday and Saturday evenings at the new park stage. Friday’s band will be Terry Smith and Honky Tonk Attitude. They will play traditional country music from 6-9 p.m. Saturday’s band, Indianapolis-based Poparazzi, is a pop/dance cover band. They will play from 6-9 p.m.

“We are excited about both bands,” Walden said. “Terry Smith has Waynetown ties and has played at the fish fry before. The band is well known locally and has a good following.”

“We first heard Poparazzi at the Crawfordsville Finish Line Festival four years ago and they were a hit,” Walden added. “They bring a full pop sound and a lot of energy.”

Tickets for the annual raffle will be on sale during the event. This year’s grand prizes are two $500 gift certificates to Gregg’s Corner Market.

Thursday’s menu is slightly different. Besides fish sandwiches, chicken nuggets and french fries are offered. Proceeds from Thursday food sales go to the Waynetown Freedom Festival fireworks.

There also will be a car show Saturday along with a 1 p.m. parade and 2 p.m. baby contest.

Sound will be provided by DJ Rich Bell and Sizzlin’ Sounds.

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