CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK— The annual Logan County fish fry is will be held Saturday May 17 at Chief Logan State Park from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The City of Chapmanville has paired with municipalities from Logan, Man, West Logan and Mitchell Heights to make a countywide event that has been so prosperous that they had to move the event from the Saw Mill to the Chief Logan State Park Lake. This makes their third year at Chief Logan.
Sally Stollings, event organizer, said that over 500 people came out to participate at last year’s event, and they hope that this year will be even bigger.
“There will be 2,000 pounds of catfish to fry, and fishing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anything caught before 1 p.m. will be used for the fish fry, and anything caught after that can be taken home,” Stollings said. “There will be some tagged fish with prizes like Subway gift cards and gas cards. And the [West Virginia University] Extension Service will be giving away 20 fishing rods.”
Lunch will be served at noon, serving fried fish, hot dogs, soda pop and cake. Fat Jacks will be catering the event.
As for entertainment, Stollings says there will be none besides the great outdoors.
“Who wants entertainment while they’re fishing,” says Stollings.
However, there will be door prizes and awards.
“There will be some tagged fish with prizes like Subway gift cards and gas cards. And the [West Virginia University] Extension Service will be giving away 20 fishing rods.”
And the main event? The ‘Pot-O-Gold.’
“The Pot-O-Gold costs $10 to enter. At the end of the day, whomever has caught the biggest fish wins all the money in the pot.”
Admission is free to the lake and to participate in the fish fry, and participants over 14 are required to be licensed. Free parking will be at the bottom of the hill before the lake, and a shuttle will run to and from the lot during the day.
“We would like to see everyone bring their lawn chairs and come out and fish with us,” says Stollings.
For more information about the Fish Fry, contact Sally Stollings at 304-855-8478.