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 Fish Fry

 2010 Fish Fry - August 28

 2013 Fish Fry - August 24

Xenia Fire Department to Host Fish Fry, Street Dance, Arenacross

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The Xenia Fire Department has announced it will host the 2013 Xenia Volunteer Firemen's Fish Fry, Street Dance, and Arenacross on Saturday, August 24th, starting at 11:00am until 12:00 midnight in Xenia Park, 20 miles east of Salem.

The event will feature a Gun Raffle and Silent Auction starting at 10:00am and lasting until 11:00pm, a Flea Market and Pedal Tractor Pull taking place Downtown, a Little Mr. and Miss Pageant taking place at 2:00pm at City Hall, a Washer Tourney at Noon. The Southern IL Elite Tumble and Cheer of Salem will perform on Front St. at 4pm, the Jr. Miss Pageant at 5:00pm at City Hall, along with Bingo, an Antique Tractor Pull, a Beer Garden, and a Street Dance featuring two area bands, "Bottoms Up" and Herman Perry and The Gold Nuggets". Children's Activities will include a Dunking Booth, Kid's Games, a Bounce House, and Train Rides.

The Arenacross will take place at the Xenia Park with sign in beginning at 8:00am and the first race at 11:30. The Arenacross will host several events in both Motorcycle and ATV classes. Admission to the Arenacross is $5 per Adult, $3 per Child, and $10 for Pit Passes.

The Fire Department will be serving Fish, Hot Dogs, Bratwurst, and Chips along with Soft Drinks and Desserts from 11:00 to 12:00. Everyone is invited to attend.


Photographs courtesy of and copyright of Disclosure August 29, 2010


 2014 Fish Fry - August 23

 2011 Fish Fry - August 27

By Alex Haglund, Flora, Ill.  

The second annual Xenia Junior Miss Fish Fry Pageant will once again be a part of the festivities during the annual Xenia Volunteer Fire Department’s Fish Fry and Street Dance, held on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

The pageant will be held at 5 p.m. that Saturday and will be located on Front Street in front of the Xenia City Hall.

There are seven contestants vying for the Xenia Junior Miss Fish Fry crown. They are, Autumn Schnepper, Alycia Mahon, Amelia Speagle, Shyanne Schnepper, Adara Williams, India Weller and Cloey Powless.

The contest has been made possible due to the generous sponsorship of its gold sponsors, John Mayhon, Lee Farms, Martha Dulaney, Elaine Bullard, Holly Connolly, Hale Consulting, John Hale, Hale System design, Inland Systems and Allure Hair Studios. The silver sponsors is Travis Forth. The bronze sponsors are Hilliard’s Auto repair, Clay County Chiropractic, Doc’s Gym and two anonymous sponsors.

All photos of this year’s contestants and the outgoing Queen were taken by Alford Stewart of Flora.

The 2010 Jr. Miss Xenia Fish Fry Queen, Makayla Schroer and all of the 2011 contestants would like to invite everyone out to the Xenia Fish fry, once again on August 27.

Please come and enjoy the many activities running from 10 a.m. through midnight. There is something for everyone!

Photograph courtesy of and copyright of Alford Stewart of Flora

All seven contestants in the 2011 Junior Miss Xenia Fish Fry Pageant

Article courtesy of and copyright of The Clay County Advocate Aug 18, 2011


By Mary Anne Maxwell Aug. 28, 2014

Although the heat Saturday afternoon was almost unbearable, Eliza Herdes braved the heat and captured the crown of Junior Miss Xenia Fish Fry. Eliza is the 11-year-old daughter of Kerry and Amy Herdes. She was also the winner of the decorated cake contest.

First Runner-Up was Olivia Haun, the eight-year-old daughter of Kevin and Kimberly Haun. Second Runner-Up was Angel Keller, the 13-year-old daughter of Gene and Renee Keller.

Miss Congeniality was Alicia Sisk, the eight year old daughter of Matthew and Christina Sisk. Amber Burkett was named Miss Photogenic. She is the 13-year-old daughter of Jerry and Angie Burkett.

Other participants were Caitlin Klein, the eight-year-old daughter of Andy and Diedre Klein; Mahala Smith, the nine-year-old daughter of Greg and Susie Smith; Emma Smith, the eight-year-old daughter of Greg and Susie Smith; Emily Williams, the eight-year-old daughter of Greg and Susie Smith; and Sierra Branom, the 11-year-old daughter of Dave and Brenda Henterscher.

Retiring queen Baylee Wilkins bid a farewell to the crowd.

Stacey Earleywine served as Emcee. Angela Edwards and Emily Burkett served as pageant directors.

The contestant sash was provided by Chris' Custom Sewing. Awards and Trophies were provided by the Xenia Volunteer Fire Department.

Programs were printed by the Clay County Republican.

Photograph courtesy of and copyright of Erin Maxwell

Article courtesy of and copyright of The Clay County Advocate Aug 28, 2014


Eliza Herdes was crowned Junior Miss Xenia Fish Fry on a sweltering hot Saturday afternoon.

Pictured are (left to right) Olivia Haun, First Runner-Up; Eliza Herdes, 2014 Junior Miss Xenia Fish Fry; Angel Keller, Second Runner-Up; and 2013 Junior Miss Xenia Fish Fry Baylee Wilkins.


Photograph courtesy of and copyright of Alex Haglund, Advocate Press

By Alex Haglund Sep. 2, 2011  Xenia, Ill.  

Saturday was a big day for Xenia and for the Xenia Volunteer Fire Department. It was Fish Fry day and the event marks the XVFD’s biggest fundraiser of the year and an event with history in Xenia stretching back more than 50 years.

The fish fry featured a run-ride-run biking and running race in the morning, arenacross races through the day, a pedal tractor pull, a silent auction, a washer tourney and plenty more.

As the afternoon went on, crowds enjoyed the fifth annual cruise-in car and motorcycle show, the cakewalk and the county line sodbusters tractor show.

XVFD Chief Stacy Bullard was happy but tired on Saturday afternoon. “It’s hot,” said Bullard, “I think it’s going real good though.”

XVFD Captain Bill Bradley said that it was a very busy fish fry, with a lot of people turning out.

“I’ve been cooking from 1:30 to 4:30 and we haven’t stopped since,” said Bradley. “I think it’s going to be a very good year and I’m proud of it.”

An afternoon highlight, the fish fry hosted their second annual Junior Miss Pageant.

The pageant was emceed by last year’s Miss Congeniality, Alexis Shock, who was assisted in presenting the awards by the 2010 Junior Miss Fish Fry Queen, Makayla Schroer.

When the dust cleared, the 2011 Junior Miss Fish Fry Queen title went to Adara Williams. William’s first runner-up was Cloey Powless and second runner-up was India Weller.

“Some of these girls have never been in a pageant before and they did just as well as the girls that had been in one,”  said Pageant Director Mary Kay Branch.

“We’ll be here until at least 2015, because I’ve locked myself in to do it,” said Branch, “I’ve had a blast with these girls.”

Into the evening, the fish fry featured a cakewalk, bingo and a beer garden.

The event’s street dance kicked off at 8:30 p.m. and ran until 11:30 p.m.It featured the Crazy Horse Band and Herman Perry and “The Gold Nuggets,” who have played at previous fish fries.

A long day, especially for the organizers, but a good fundraiser for the XVFD and an event for the community of Xenia.

Bullard, Bradley, the other members of the XVFD and the auxiliaries and all of the community volunteers work for free to put the fish fry on. It’s not all hard work and drudgery though, Bradley said with a laugh, “At least I get free food.

The afternoon sun was headed down by the time the Cakewalk was held.


Article courtesy of and copyright of The Clay County Advocate Sep 2, 2011


By Alex Haglund  Aug. 31, 2010  Xenia, Ill.  

It was good times, fried fish, pageants, arenacross and more this Saturday in Xenia, where the annual Xenia Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry event was held.

The event raises money for the volunteer fire department, enabling them to have more discretionary funding, as well as money to be able to upgrade some of their essentials.

There were two pageants held as part of the event, the Little Miss and Mr. pageant and the Junior Miss Xenia Fish Fry pageant.

The Junior Miss Pageant was held in front of City Hall at 5 p.m. The title of Junior Miss was awarded to Makayla Shroer.

Her first runner up was Alexis Shock and second runner-up was Skylar Freeman. Shock also received Miss Congeniality and best First Impression, while Freeman was awarded Most Photogenic. Lauren Edwards won the award for Best interview.

The Little Miss Pageant winner was Ivy Hibbetts. Her second runner-up was Jadyn Lewis and Kamryn Walker was the first runner-up.

The Little Mr. Winner was Gavin Williams. The first runner-up was Liam O'Donnell and the second runner-up was Draven Perry.

The Fish Fry also featured arenacross races from midday through the afternoon. There was a cakewalk in the evening, as well as a street dance.

There were crafts for sale and a flea market. All day, there was a silent auction. This year, there was also an expanded beer garden. There was a car show put on by the Clay County Cruisers that ended at 5 p.m.

The evening ended with a street dance.

Article courtesy of and copyright of The Clay County Advocate Aug 31, 2010


Photograph courtesy of and copyright of JoAnn Krutsinger, Advocate Press