The Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry and Craft Show was Saturday.
Volunteers breaded oysters from 8-10:30 a.m. — about 90 percent of whom were middle and high school students.
Chamber Director Felisha Crawford commended their efforts to make the event a success.
“If you think about it,” Crawford said, “they go out and they sell tickets and they sell this and that and ask for money, and this is their way of giving back to the community that gives to them throughout the year. It’s a good way to say thank you.”
Mayor Eddie Whitworth said that he can remember a time when there weren’t many volunteers.
“I remember when we first started doing this over here in Frederick. We’d be breading oysters up until 3 o’clock in the afternoon,” Whitworth said. “That wasn’t fun. We’d have to start cooking them as soon as we were finished breading them.”
The event is one of the Chamber’s biggest fundraisers, according to Whitworth.
“The profits go to the Chamber to keep it operating,” Whitworth said. “Ben Crawford — he’s the chamber president — he said they sold a lot more online tickets this time than they did last year.”
The craft show held in conjunction with the oyster fry had more than 40 vendors this year. There were some returning favorites as well as some knew vendors, including Fox Lane Pearls and Iron Light. One of the returning vendors was Rhonda Euceda with Slip Stitch Crochet.
Euceda said one of her most popular items this year was the crocheted converse for infants
Fox Lane Pearls employees set up a booth with multiple pearl products. One of those was a packaged oyster that came with a necklace to put the pearl on after taking it from the oyster.
Another new vendor was John Morton with Iron Light. Morton makes lamps from black iron pipes and describes his work as steam punk. He said he’d seen some lamps similar to the ones he makes some time ago, and he thought that was something that he could do.
“I started making them six or eight months ago and I have a lot of fun doing them,” Morton said. “Not only do I do the black iron pipe, but I also do antique pressure gauges with them.”
Morton also is in the process of making lamps with antique water meters.
The mood at the event was decidedly festive. To go along with the Mardi Gras theme, vendors handed out beads and some of them even wore bright, colorful masks.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.