Cahaba River Society’s Annual Fry-Down, Great Food for a Great Cause, this Sunday, September 30

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Students participating in the Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN program. Photo courtesy of Cahaba River Society

Join the Cahaba River Society this Sunday, September 30, 2018, from noon to 4pm at Railroad Park for the 9th Annual Fry-Down.

Tickets for the Fry-Down are $20 and include catfish and sides from the Fry teams. Kids 12 and under are free. There will be fun for the whole family including a climbing wall, hula-hooping, face-painting, educational games, wildlife demonstrations, a beer garden and more.

Money raised from this year’s Fry-Down supports the Cahaba River Society CLEAN program. Founded in 1996, the CLEAN program provides Cahaba stream walks, canoe trips and outdoor nature classroom programs that connect 3rd -12th grade students with the river. Over 37,000 students and teachers have participated in CLEAN, which is raising the next generation of water stewards and opening doors to environmental careers. In the 2018/19 school year, Cahaba River Society expects to get an additional 1,900 people on the river.

Supporting the Cahaba

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Vulcan Material Company’s Fry-Down team members. Photo courtesy of Cahaba River Society.

For nearly three decades, the Cahaba River Society and Vulcan Materials Company have been community partners working to protect the Cahaba River and its rich biodiversity. Vulcan employees not only volunteer at CRS events but serve on the CRS board of directors. Currently serving is Stacy Thompson, an environmental specialist at Vulcan.

“For me it is connecting the dots between environmental compliance at our operations and the environmental health of our rivers and streams,” said Thompson. “I see Vulcan’s efforts in doing the right thing  from an operations perspective. When you get involved with the Cahaba River Society as a board member, you start thinking about the other side of things. What we are protecting by taking conservation measures. It connects the importance of doing the right thing for Vulcan and for the Cahaba River.”

Not (Just) Your Mama’s Catfish

Himanshu Pant cooking for the Vulcan team. Photo courtesy of Vulcan Materials Company

The competition gets hotter each year at the Cahaba River Society’s Annual Fry-Down, and the twelve competing teams know creativity is key to wowing the judges. Vulcan’s team of 15 will look to their head chef, Himanshu Pant, Manager of Information Services, to create new twists on old classics.

“We are going to cook cumin scented lemon rice with coconut tamarind fish curry,” said Pant about the upcoming fish fry. “It is a South India influenced curry. I’m from Northern India, so it will be something new for me, too,” he chuckled.

Join in the Fun and Food

Vulcan Employee Development Association’s booth at a previous Fry-Down. Photo courtesy of Vulcan Materials

“It is important for our community to support the Cahaba River Society and its goals. We hope to see a record number of people come to the Fry-Down this year,” said Luciano Pitts, Vulcan’s Business Solutions Analyst and Employee Volunteer Coordinator.

To learn more about the Cahaba River Society and its mission to restore and protect the Cahaba River, visit http://www.cahabariversociety.org and join in the fun at Railroad Park this Sunday from noon to 4 pm.

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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.