The Radville Wildlife Federation's 17th annual Fish Fry and Fundraiser night is coming up on March 25th.
Held at the Radville Regional high school gymnasium, the supper features Saskatchewan boneless northern pike and roast beef, and gets underway at 5:00 p.m. The event is first come, first serve at the door. Tickets are not available to purchase ahead of time.
Reid Daley, one of the Coordinators for the Fish Fry with the Radville Wildlife Federation, said, "As of today, we have never ran out of food, so people should just come and go as they please."
From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. there will be auctions and a social.
Daley shared that the Fish Fry and Fundraiser night is their only fundraiser throughout the year. "All of the funds we receive from the evening go back into the community. We've donated to events and projects in surrounding areas such as Ceylon, Gladmar, and Radville."
He shared they also do a pheasant release program every other year. "This coming Fall will actually be our year to release pheasants, so a portion of the funds received from the fundraiser will go towards purchasing pheasants to release."
Daley explained that a live auction takes place usually right after supper, and the silent auction and the other kid's auctions will run throughout the evening.
This year, he said, they have organized a K9 unit through the Ministry of Environment that assists Conservation officers, to give a demonstration after supper.
"Normally, we try to have some sort of entertainment or speaker for the evening, and we were fortunate enough to talk to one of these guys at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation's annual convention last week in Estevan."
Daley said that he was more than willing to come out and demonstrate what they do with their dogs, and they'll be hiding substances around the gymnasium for the K9 dog to go and find.
As for the kid's prizes, he said that they always try and do something interactive.
"In the past, we've had a kid's auction where only the kids have been able to bid on stuff, and we always have a penny auction. We just get 50 tickets, I believe, for $5. Then the kids can just put their tickets in whichever bag corresponds with the item that they'd like to win."
This year they will be trying something new, Daley added, by having a beef auction. As well, there will be a ProWest Taxidermy display presented by Gene and Bea Gilmore from Radville.
"We've been fortunate enough for Gene to always donate his time and bring a collection of different wildlife species. He'll have a display in the corner of the gym and it's always a very eye-catching little corner for people to stop and see."
Daley added that they'd like to thank their volunteers for the last 17 years, as there is quite a bit of time and preparation that goes into making each event successful.
Admission is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and under, and preschoolers are free.
If anyone would like more information about the event, or if they would like to become members, they can contact Reid Daley at 306-869-8044, or Trevor Lewgood at 306-869-7669.