Written by John Plestina
Alaska bush pilot Blizzard Joe will fly into Culbertson with 400 pounds of fish in time for the two Culbertson Knights of Columbus fish fry fundraisers March 21 and 28.
The pilot, from Anchorage, Alaska, makes an annual flight with numerous fish deliveries to the Lower 48. He has delivered Alaska pollock for the Culbertson fundraising dinners for many years.
The Knights of Columbus has held the dinners for at least 25 years. Four nights were reduced to two this year, which the Knights hope will be large turnouts for each. The 100th fish fry dinner was held last March.
Proceeds benefit St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, youth activities of the church, public charities and Knights of Columbus activities.
Mark Ellerkamp, a Culbertson Knights of Columbus member, said in addition to local people attending the fish fries, people come from Wolf Point, Sidney, Williston, N.D., and other locations.
“A lot of people come to see their friends and neighbors,” Ellerkamp said.
The all-you-can-eat dinners will feature unlimited repeat helpings of Alaska pollock, which is also known as walleye pollock. It is a specie of the cod family. There will be a choice of baked potatoes topped with sour cream or fries. Dinners are served with buns. Lemon pudding cake topped with whipped cream will top off the meal. Coffee and assorted cold drinks will be served.
The dinners will be held March 21 and 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church hall.