The Prairie Township Firefighter's Association Annual Fish Fry & Friday cruise-in

Dear Prairie Township Community,

We wanted to give an update regarding the 2020 Prairie Township Firefighter’s Association Fish Fry & Cruise-In, scheduled for June 26-27, 2020.

As you know, the Fish Fry is a beloved 70-year tradition in our community. The Fire Department views this as our favorite opportunity to interact with our residents each year. It’s largely seen within our organization as a family affair, where spouses, children and retired members come together to celebrate summer with a fish sandwich or a cold drink – and most importantly, have fun with our Prairie Township neighbors.

That’s why this decision, we want you to know, was not made lightly. However, your health and the health of our members in a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic is more important than even a longstanding tradition like this one. We made the difficult choice as an organization to not hold a 2020 Fish Fry.

We want you to know that we spent a great deal of time and energy weighing carry-out and delivery options, and thinking about how those could be done safely. But as we played them out, the risks continued to outweigh the benefits in each scenario. In the end, our residents’ and our first responders’ health and safety is of the utmost priority, and cannot be compromised.

We will seek to hold some fun summer contests and events on our Facebook and Nextdoor pages, including some fundraisers, to help offset some of the financial losses this will incur. We hope in light of this decision, and in support of our firefighters, that you will keep an eye out for those opportunities and give when you are able.

Finally, please know that this tradition will continue strong for at least another 70 years. We look forward to also using this time to put extra thought into planning, so that 2021’s Fish Fry & Cruise-In is the largest and most successful our community has ever seen. We commit that to you!

Thank you for respecting this difficult decision. Your Fire Department is strong and here for you 24/7, and we will stay that way. Please stay safe, and take good care of your loved ones during this global pandemic.


Your Prairie Township Firefighters Association

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The Prairie Township Firefighter’s Association 70th Annual Fish Fry

Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th 2019, at 123 Inah Ave. from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day.

There will be plenty of good food. The firefighters fry approximately 2,000 pounds of ocean perch. We also serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, french fries, pies, cakes and soft drinks. We will also feature a Beer Garden for the first time - ID’s will be checked in a controlled area.

    Classic Menu of Fish Sandwiches and Much More
    Friday Lunch Specials
    Friday Evening Cruise-In (6/28 4:30-9pm)
    NEW Bud Light Beer Garden, co-sponsored by Prairie Harvest Festival

    NEW Dunk Tank (11am-5pm both days), co-sponsored by Lincoln Village Residents Association
    Multiple Dessert, Craft and Community Vendors
    2 Days of Raffles and Kids’ Carnival (Friday evening, Saturday all day)
    Live Entertainment Both Evenings (6-10pm)
    NEW 75th Anniversary Events (6/29 12-4pm)
    NEW Fire Department Training Exercise (6/29 at 2pm)

Live Entertainment

We are always proud to offer live entertainment provided by local talent, including:

Friday, June 28

6:00-10:00pm - 23 Southbound

23 Southbound is Columbus Ohio’s premier top 100 country cover band. When they got together in 2013, 23 Southbound wanted to bring Columbus a band that brings the top 100 country songs with a little classic country mixed in to the table. Features our own Kevin Reynolds on drums!

Saturday, June 29

6:00-10:00pm - Tim Castle and The Southern Rock Band

The ultimate culmination of Southern hospitality mixed with years of talent, determination and an unwavering passion for music. The band’s collaboration of Country, Southern Rock and Classic Rock N’ Roll always delivers an electrically invigorating and extremely entertaining performance that captivates audiences and leaves them wanting more!

Annual Firefighter’s Cruise-In

Friday evening we will have our 19th Annual Firefighter’s Cruise-In, sponsored by local State Farm Agent Eric Snider. Registration is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The entry fee is $10.00. The first 100 registered vehicles will receive a free dash plaque. 50 award trophies will be given. All years, makes, models are welcome. Rain date is Saturday June 29, 2019 (same times as Friday). Anyone with questions about the Cruise-In should please email the Fire Department.

Blue Muscle Car

Evening Raffle

Each evening at 10:00 p.m. we will have a raffle. We thank our local businesses and Prairie Township Trustees, Steve Kennedy, Cathy Schmelzer and Doug Stormont who donate the prizes for our raffle. Some of our prizes include several $100 cash prizes, $50.00 cash prizes, miscellaneous gift cards, gift baskets, gift bags, sporting event tickets, and many other items.

Prairie Township TrusteesMowery’s CollisionThe Galloway TavernCarriage House of FlowersSteve’s County Drive-Thru
Taliaferro EnterprisesJohn Griffith Home MaintenanceCentral Ohio Concrete CuttingJoseph FannellRejuvenating Moments Salon
Jim Newland with
David Donofrio, SWCSD BoardAnne RiebelDr. Timothy Nibert, DDSTaliaferro Enterprises, Inc.
Pizza HutTony’s ConeysVillager FlowersBOBB SuzukiTexas Roadhouse, Hilliard
NAPA Auto PartsRoadhouse WingsLiberty FreightWishy Washy LaundryFirehouse Subs
AutoZoneSweetwater Salon & Day SpaW. G GrindersEric Snider, State Farm AgentFlyers Pizza
ProSourceDonato’s PizzaStrader’s Garden CenterAmy Heinlein for Mary KayAquatic Adventures Ohio
RoostersGoo-Goo Car WashTuffy Auto Service CentersFifth Third BankDebbie Russell
C&C TowingLimes DesignAnonymous Friend of the Fire Department

Craft Area

We have a craft area for local residents to display their crafts. Anyone interested in space for a craft or vendor booth can contact us between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday at (614) 878-7100 or by emailing the Fire Department.

Amusement Rides

The midway will have amusement rides and games for the kids provided by Calliope Productions.

Profits from the Fish Fry support the goals and activities of the Prairie Township Firefighter’s Association. We thank everyone for their continued support for this event.

If you have any questions, please contact us between 8:00am and 4:30pm at 614-878-7100, or by emailing the Fire Department.