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Smelt fry has record-breaking 50th year

The Backus Fire Department and its many volunteers saw the attendance record broken Saturday, May 2, at the 50-year anniversary of the Backus Smelt Fry.

A familiar face, Bruce Eveland was a server, yet again, at the 50th Backus Fire Department Smelt Fry on May 2. Eveland was on the department when the smelt fry was started. Photo by Travis Grimler
A familiar face, Bruce Eveland was a server, yet again, at the 50th Backus Fire Department Smelt Fry on May 2. Eveland was on the department when the smelt fry was started. Photo by Travis Grimler

The Backus Fire Department and its many volunteers saw the attendance record broken Saturday, May 2, at the 50-year anniversary of the Backus Smelt Fry.

The landmark event ended with 841 meals of beer battered smelt and fish, potato salad, beans and picnic foods served.

To commemorate the event, every 50th diner was awarded a free meal, attendees were able to purchase tickets with a chance at winning a tied blanket or yeti cooler, and the event featured intermittent giveaways of smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and other items. A cotton candy machine was also present for children.

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