Annual fish fry raises scholarship funds

Annual fish fry raises scholarship funds

The 30th year celebration of the Buster Sanders Labor Day Fish Fry (BSLDFF) was held on Monday, September 3, 2018.

The organizers for the event planned a lot of new and exciting things for the grand celebration.  There were the usual attractions like the bounce house for the kids, raffle tickets and event t-shirts for sale.  The BSLDFF as usual had lots of delicious food available to include fried green tomatoes, okra, sweet potatoes, home made corn fritters, hush puppies and an array of different kinds of fish to choose from.  But this year a comedian and D.J. were added to the list of entertainment.

New this year was comedian Rev. Dexter Thornton, Sr.  He added a family friendly performance, an experience that was welcomed by all attending the event.  He has been a comedian for almost 30 years and according to Rev. Dexter he has opened for well know performers such as Patty Labelle.  Rev Dexter said he serves as Chairman of the Board of Education in his home town so an event like this “that supports education is something he likes to be a part of.”  He has a passion for education and said education is “something no one can take away from you.”  Also new this year, D. J. Wayne J. was on hand and provided music.  It had been a while since there was a D.J. present at the event so he added excitement to the atmosphere by playing a mix of old and new favorites of the crowd.  For more fun plan to attend the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament that will be held at Bull Creek Golf Course in Midland, Ga. on September 28.

There were also popcorn and slushy machines available for everyone’s enjoyment.  The kids played basketball and other games.  There was something for everyone at this year’s celebration.  The fish fry is a free community event, all donations are accepted.

Awards were presented to faithful supporters of the fish fry who have attended almost every year over the last 30 years.  This year Sarah Daniels and Danny Phillips received awards, both have supported the event in countless ways over the years.  Barry Alexander also received an award. Other past recipients include Dan Luckerson, Larry Sanders and the late Cornelius Ryles.

Past celebrations have seen local radio stations cover the event. This year local news station representatives from WRBL were on hand to cover the fish fry. Interviews and coverage can be seen on its Web site.  Ashley Garrett, who was one of the reporters present, said she saw the event posted on face book and wanted to come out.

This year is also the 10th year celebration of the Buster Sanders Scholarship Fund (BSSF).  BSSF is the educational proponent of the event.  It is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to high school students who live in Russell County and  plan to attend college. Requirements for the scholarship can be found on the organization’s website:  Proceeds from the fish fry support the BSSF.

The BSSF will host its 2nd Annual Charity Golf tournament this year on September 28, 2018.  It will be held at Bull Creek Golf Course in Midland, Ga.  Last year’s tournament was a success according to organizers and they encourage everyone to support the event by becoming a hole sponsor, making a donation or by participating in the event.  All level of golfers are welcome to participate in the tournament from beginners to proficient players.  This is a fun environment to support a worthy cause.

Plans for next year’s events are underway.  To volunteer, donate or for more information please visit the website at , like us on Facebook at Buster Sanders Scholarship Foundation, or contact us at