Food, fellowship, politicking return this week at Grady Fish Fry

Get your forks and plates ready. The 59th annual Grady Lions Club Catfish Supper is here, starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Hardin Grove in Grady off U.S. Highway 65.

The Grady Fish Fry is a long-standing tradition in Southeast Arkansas. The Lions Club have served 1,000 pounds of catfish every year for 58 years now.

“Come on out for some good catfish and socialize for a little bit,” said Randy Hardin, Grady Lions Club president “This event is always a good way to catch up with your neighbors.”

The always-popular plate full of southern fried catfish, fries, hush puppies, slaw, with some refreshing tea and sliced watermelon will be waiting for all that attend. While eating, attendees can listen to some good tunes from the Cummins Prison Band. Visitors might even rub shoulders with some bigwig politicians like Sen. Mark Pryor and Congressman Tom Cotton and gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross.

Catfish dinners are free for children 5 years old and under. Kids 6-12 years old will be charged $5 and adults will be charged $12.

“All our proceeds help people,” Hardin said. “We donate our money to disaster relief and the Arkansas School of the Blind.”