Celebrate the Cahaba River at the “Fry Down” (photos)

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Team from the Girl Scouts competing in the 2016 Cahaba River Fry Down – photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society

Let’s get ready to Fry down!!!!

The Cahaba River Society will be holding their 8th Annual Fry Down & Festival this coming Sunday, October 1st, noon to 4:00 at Railroad Park.

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Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society

Eleven teams of culinary competitors will do battle for coveted “skillet trophies.”  A team of celebrity judges will choose the winners and members of the general public can vote for the crowd favorite.

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Cahaba River Fry Down 2016 – Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society

In addition to the catfish cooking competition, the event will offer activity and fun for all ages, with a carnival-like atmosphere, featuring live music, delicious food, a climbing wall, live animals, hula-hoopers, a children’s parade, face-painters, educational games, petting zoos, a beer garden and more.

Tickets include catfish and sides for $20 ($15 of which is a tax-deductible charitable contribution). Kids 12 and under are free. They can be purchased at: www.FryDown.com

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Cahaba River Fry Down 2016 – photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society

This year’s event is once again sponsored by Amerex.

Monies raised from the Fry Down and the Festival benefit the Cahaba River Society (CRS). Founded in 1988, CRS’s mission is to restore and protect the Cahaba River Watershed and its rich diversity of life.

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Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society
Why is the Cahaba River important?

American Rivers reported the Cahaba as one of the 10 most endangered rivers in North America. The Nature Conservancy ranks the Cahaba Watershed as the 29th most critical for protecting biodiversity out of 2000 total watersheds in the United States. They highlight the Cahaba as one of eight Hotspots of Biodiversity out of 2,111 watersheds nationwide.

Make a difference on Sunday.  Purchase your tickets today at Fry Down.com

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama’s Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama’s cancer risk and mercury standards.