Doss to swell Saturday for 30th annual fish fry

HELPING PITCH IN on fire duty, and at the 30th Annual Doss Volunteer Fire Department fish fry on Saturday, will be, front, Fire Chief Kenny Priess, left, and DVFD President David Kesler; back, from left, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Geistweidt; Captain Ralph Rode, and Lieutenant James Priess. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

The biggest dangers for Gillespie County residents 150 years ago might have been hostile Indian tribes. But today, it is wildfire.

The tiny burg of Doss, population 225, will swell on Saturday as an expected 3,200 supporters of the Doss Volunteer Fire Department converge on the town for the 30th annual DVFD fish fry.

Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Doss Community Center where the menu for the ‘donation-only’ meal includes fried catfish, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans, trimmings, desserts and drinks.

Over 60 prizes which have been donated by local and area merchants and individuals will be awarded to lucky ticketholders throughout the evening with the grand prize being a $2,500 VISA gift card.

Other prizes include guns and rifles, a television, computer, Apple IPad, two Mason County topaz pendants, trophy whitetail hunt, a KitchenAid Pro 600 mixer,  dozens of gift certificates and gift cards, artwork, home décor, jewelry, hunting and ranching supplies.

Winners need not be present to win.

Tickets for the prize drawing are available from Doss VFD members for $2 each or six for $10 and may also be purchased at the fish fry.

Proceeds from the event will go toward a new tanker truck, upgrades to current equipment and bunker gear, all massive expenses for one of thousands of rural volunteer fire departments around the Lone Star State.

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