History of the Seal Beach Community Fish Fry
Officially, it’s called the Seal Beach Lions Club Community Fish Fry. But it is now better known to the Seal Beach locals simply as “Fish Fry”. Fish Fry is the longest running event in the community of Seal Beach and this year we are celebrating our 70th Anniversary.
What started originally as a replication of a Midwest tradition has grown into one of the area’s most popular summer events. Always on the third weekend in July, for two full days Lions cook and serve Fish and other foods in the park overlooking the Seal Beach pier (same location for all 70 years). Besides food and spirits, local bands play continuously at the event from 11 in the morning until the sun goes down. The bands all play for free as their way of ‘giving back’ to the community.
There is no charge to attend but we certainly hope you will try some fish or enjoy a cold drink or two. This is one of those events that really does bring the town together in a place with a million dollar view of the pier and Pacific Ocean. In addition to food and music, there are T-Shirt sales, raffle drawings, a car opportunity drawing and of course eyeglass collection. Discounts are given for guests who donate eyeglasses.
In 1951 Lions club secretary Buell Brown wrote the club minutes:
"The fish fry was originated as a social event… It is the only event of the year that brings the people of the town together for a good old fashion visit, and that one item make our Fish Fry a truly worthwhile Lions activity. The Fish Fry has never been operated with the idea of making any money, just friends, yet it has never failed to pay us for our effort, with a nice sum for the treasury."
This tradition lives on with the Seal Beach Lions Club’s annual Community Fish Fry.
We hope to see you there.
Mike Haley and Scott Newton
2014 Fish Fry Co-Chairs