Fish fry & ‘Fill the Boot’ return this year

By Jennifer Woods - [email protected]

This October, members of the Wayne Township Fire Association will be holding their third-annual fish fry for the community.

It is planned for Oct. 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wayne Township Fire Rescue (WTFR) house, located at 7218 State Route 753 N in Good Hope.

According to the WTFR fire chief, Chris Wysong, the funds raised during the event will go toward the Wayne Township Firefighters Association.

“The association has purchased leaf blowers, radio accessories, uniform shirts, and support training sessions,” explained Wysong via email.

On top of helping raise funds for the association, each year they have also hosted “fill the boot” for the Muscle Dystrophy Association (MDA) and have partnered with local MDA team, “X-man.” This will once again be done this year during the fish fry.

According to, “muscular dystrophies are a group of muscle diseases caused by mutations in a person’s genes. Over time, muscle weakness decreases mobility, making everyday tasks difficult. There are many kinds of muscular dystrophy, each affecting specific muscle groups, with signs and symptoms appearing at different ages, and varying in severity. Muscular dystrophy can run in families, or a person can be the first in their family to have a muscular dystrophy. There may be several different genetic types within each kind of muscular dystrophy, and people with the same kind of muscular dystrophy may experience different symptoms.”

According to, “for more than 65 years, Fill the Boot has been a strong fire fighter tradition — giving families with muscular dystrophy in hometowns across America hope for the future and support for today.”

The website further explains that every boot drive helps families with muscular dystrophy in the community by funding research for treatments, supporting MDA care centers and sending kids to MDA summer camps.

Meals can be purchased the day of, although pre-sale tickets are available. To purchase tickets prior to the event, contact members of the association.

For a fish dinner, which comes with a fish sandwich, a choice of two side dishes and a choice of drink, it costs $8.

For a kid’s meal, which comes with a fish sandwich or hot dog and a choice of a side dish, it costs $3.

Those who don’t want a full meal can purchase just a fish sandwich for $6.

“We are excited about our upcoming fish fry and looking forward to the community support at the event,” wrote Wysong.

Reach journalist Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355 or on Twitter @JennMWoods.

By Jennifer Woods

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