CHAPMANVILLE — The first-ever Logan County fish fry is coming up this Saturday.
Chapmanville Mayor Jerry Price, who organized the day of fishing, food and fun and brought together the mayors from Logan, Man, West Logan and Mitchell Heights to make it a countywide event, said he hopes everyone in Logan County joins in Saturday at Chief Logan State Park.
Mayors from the municipalities have all met together to iron out the plans for the upcoming countywide fish fry.
The fish fry will be held at the Chief Logan State Park Lake. It’s free to all Logan Countians.
“We’re going to have 2,000 pounds of catfish, there will be music and singing and we’ll have some tagged fish,” Price said. “There will be inflatables for children and West Virginia University Extension Service Agent Jeremy Farley will give away fishing rods.”
Price said Farley will give a fishing rod away every 10 minutes, starting at 8 a.m.
The Logan County Commission recently gave grants to each municipality to help with the cost of stocking the lake. Price came up with the idea of the countywide fish fry after his town held a fish fry for its residents the past several years at the old Mullins Farm. Price got the idea to open it up to everyone in the county in an effort to unite all the residents as one big family. He then spoke with the mayors of Logan, Man, West Logan and Mitchell Heights about the inclusion of all the municipalities and everyone agreed that it would be a good event to unify the county.
“We want everybody to get to know everybody. We want to be able to work together as towns and cities and to pool together our resources and be able to go to each other for advice. We want to forge relationships and bonds to make us stronger as a community — as Logan County.”
Price said the event will have fishing, prizes, food and other fun, like helicopter rides and music.
“This will showcase the park, the fishing pond, the Museum in the Park and Pickin’ in the Park,” Price said. “Ray Perry and his band will come up and perform. There will be a few groups coming to sing. We’re going to have hot dogs, chips and deserts starting at 11 a.m. and we’ll serve until we’re out of food. We want everyone to attend so that we can bring the entire county together.”
There will also be helicopter rides given during the day for a fee, Price said.