HAZELWOOD — The 59th annual Hazelwood Fish Fry, presented by the Fire Department of Liberty Township, brought in crowds over the three-day event.
Fire department PIO Matthew Petro said people from all over the Midwest come to this event.
“This is a fundraising event for the fire department,” he said. “The Fire Department of Liberty Township is funded by tax money, but for us to get further equipment we have to use fund raising that we can put back into the township.”
On Thursday evening, activities included a food and clothing vendors, a bounce house and rides, a dunk tank, a tractor pull and a pig scramble.
This was the first year for the return of the pig scramble. Children were separated into three groups; 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13.
After about eight years, Hazelwood resident Luanne Reitzel wanted this tradition to come back to the fish fry.
“We’re trying to get back to our grass roots,” she said. “If the kids don’t want the hog they can take a trophy, if they don’t take the hog, we auction them off at the track. All proceeds go to the fire department.”
Along with the pig scramble, Reitzel is in charge of the 5K run and the pie contest too.
The 5K started three years ago at Hazelwood Christian Church for Water for the World. Half of proceeds go to third world countries to buy wells and sand filters.
“Two years ago we partnered with the fire department to send half of the proceeds abroad and keep half of it local,” Reitzel said.
Representatives from the Hendricks County Communications Center also came out to the fish fry for the first time.
“We are here to promote public education,” Kathleen Lamb said. “We are trying to teach kids about 911; we have resources such as family emergency plan packets, some information about the center, have some lap tops set up for weather preparedness… We’re trying to vamp up our public education program. We are trying to get all around the county so everyone realizes we are one center now.”