Fundraising for the Marble Falls area EMS fish fry is on the menu at Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 US 281, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6. You can dine in or take out. Roadside service is available.
Fried catfish meals with sides cost $ 10 for ages 6 and up and $ 5 for ages 5 and under – cash and check only. All proceeds will go to SMU in the Marble Falls area.
“We have 39 staff who are constantly in training and continuing education, and that’s what this fundraiser is going to support,” said Marble Falls area EMS manager Johnny Campbell.
The Fish Fry brings together two long-standing institutions in the region for a good cause. The Blue Bonnet Cafe opened in 1929, making it one of the oldest restaurants and shops in the Highland Lakes. The Marble Falls Area EMS began in 1976 and is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the area.
The late John Kemper and his wife, Belinda, began organizing fish fry fundraisers twice a year – once in March and once in October – about 35 years ago. During the four-hour event, the cafe switches from its regular menu to catfish only. The profits have always gone to the EMS; the restaurant does not take money from fundraising.
John Kemper passed away on May 14, 2020, but the tradition continues.
“Belinda, (their son-in-law) David, and (their daughter) Lindsay (Plante) are chasing him, and we are so grateful to them and for all the years that Belinda and John have done for us,” Campbell said. .
Fish fry are a beloved community event, he said.
“There are a lot of people who only interact with us every six months for this,” he said. “People are looking forward to it as a chance to see us, and we can see them too. “
Local elected officials and community leaders also lend a hand to transport tables, sweep floors and take care of other tasks as needed.
“It’s a fun event,” added Campbell. “So go out and eat some good food and meet us too. “
For take out or curbside orders, call 830-693-2444 or 830-693-2344.