Camp Aldersgate will be celebrating 40 years of food, family and fun at its annual Fish Fry event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


People of all ages at the event will be able to enjoy carousel rides, a petting zoo, yard games, face painting and the iconic fishing derby. The main attraction, however, will obviously be the food! Fish will be freshly fried by volunteers and accompanied by hush puppies, coleslaw and fries.


“I am honored to chair this event for the second time and especially so in our 40th year. Helping share the impact of Camp Aldersgate within our community is so important and knowing the financial impact this event can have for our campers is what inspires me!” said Cathy Engelkes, Event Chair.


One way Aldersgate showcases its mission is by honoring a camper family each year at Fish Fry. The 40th year’s honorees are 12-year-old Carter, 8-year-old Will and their mother, Breanna McMillen.


“Camp Aldersgate is something I never knew my sons or I would need,” McMillen said. “I never knew if summer camp would be in the cards for Carter and his extra chromosome. Knowing he has opportunities like Camp Aldersgate, where he can have the same independence as his peers, is something that can’t be put into words.”


This year, Aldersgate hopes to raise $100,000 through the Fish Fry, which is the biggest fundraising goal yet for the event. All proceeds benefit Camp Aldersgate’s mission of providing life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs. Aldersgate’s programs are made possible for campers like Carter and Will thanks to the generosity of its supporters and donors.


Tickets can be purchased online or at the event for $20 (individual tickets) or $65 (family pack of four). Kids under six years old eat for free. For those looking to grab their fish to-go, a drive-thru option will be available at CHI St. Vincent on Kanis Rd in Little Rock.


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